I got this in an email. Yes, I'm actually posting an email I got. As soon as I read it, I couldn't resist posting it here. Some folks who consistently post hoaxes and fake news might want to take heed to this.
Socrates and his Three Rules...!
One day one of the aborigines came running to (the Great Greek Philosopher) Socrates and said—Socrates, do you know what I just heard
about one of your students?
SOCRATES—Wait a minute, before you
tell me, I’d like to conduct a little
test. It is called the TRIPLE FILTER
MAN—Triple Filter Test?
SOCRATES—Yes. Before you talk to me
about my student, let us take a
moment to filter what you are going
MAN—That is right.
SOCRATES—The first filter is TRUTH.
Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?
MAN. – No. (Drawling) Acutally I heard it
SORATES—Alright, so you don’t really
know if it is true or not. Now let us
try the Second Filter, of goodness.
Are you about to tell me something
good about my student?
MAN—No. On the contrary…..
SOCRATES—So, you want to tell me
something bad about him, even
through you are not certain if it is
(The aborigine shrugged, a little embarrassed.)
SOCRATES—(continues) You may still
pass the test though, because there
is a Third Filter—of usefulness.
Is what you want to tell me about
my student going to be useful to me?
MAN—No, not really- - -,,,
SOCRATES—Well, ( concluding ) –If what
you want to tell me is neither true
nor good nor useful, why tell me at
Thus Socrates taught the man that one should not talk ill of others and should not spread rumors.