Socrates philosophy funny story

Discussion in 'Humor' started by CThompson, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. CThompson

    CThompson New Member

    Keep this philosophy in mind the next time you either
    hear or are about to repeat a rumor.

    In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely
    lauded for his wisdom.

    One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance
    who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you
    know what I just heard about one of your students?"

    Wait a moment, Socrates replied. "Before you tell me
    I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the
    Test of Three."


    "That's right, Socrates continued. Before you talk to
    me about my student let's take a moment to test what
    you're going to say."

    The first test 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."

    All right, said Socrates. "So you don't really know if
    it's true or not."

    Now let's try the second test, the test of Goodness.

    Is what you are about to tell me about my student something

    "No, on the contrary..."

    So, Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something
    bad about him even Though you're not certain it's true?"

    The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.

    Socrates continued. "You may still pass though, because
    there is a third test - the filter of Usefulness.

    Is what you want to tell me about my student 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?"

    The man was defeated and ashamed.

    This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and
    held in such high esteem.

    It also explains why he never found out that Plato was
    fooling around with his wife.

    Don't forget to share this funny story with others...

    -- Christina

    "Sharing the world's best humor."
  2. ESS

    ESS New Member

    [​IMG] Funny!
  3. aleker

    aleker New Member

    Pretty funny. [​IMG]

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