Socrates’ Triple Filter Test – Do you really want to hear that?

Got this as a forward from my friend and thought it will be worth to write here!


The Socrates Triple Filter Test

In ancient Greece , Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem.
One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?
Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything, I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called
the Triple Filter Test.

Triple filter?

That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a
moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test.

The first filter is TRUTH. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?
No,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and…

All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter
of GOODNESS. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?

No, on the contrary…

So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You
may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left: the filter of USEFULNESS. Is what you want to

tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?

No, not really.

Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to
me at all?

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🙂

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2 Responses to Socrates’ Triple Filter Test – Do you really want to hear that?

  1. Praveen says:

    Hi John,

    Interesting that you are the first person notify this. But I cannot take your references as citations because one of them is recently published (just last week) and another one is a community.

    But, I’ll do my research on this and will update if found otherwise.

    Thanks
    PraveenNet

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