Rumor Philosophy!!

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.”    “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  good?”    “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.   

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


2 thoughts on “Rumor Philosophy!!

  1. heheh! the last line is a bomb!…Jokes apart…some people working at my office need to read this post…

    On the contrary…these days information is a very important commodity which bestows credit to those people who have it/spread it first true or untrue (I got the Satyam confession on time din know if it was an authentic pdf…told a frnd who was able to sell his stocks)!…

    No wonder people spread rumors…what if its true and one gets the credit of being intelligent or resourseful!!!

    Good work there Pallavi~

  2. hehe…interesting…especially the last line 😉 nice stuff abt interviews too 🙂 read ur blog after a long time.. thanks for refreshing me 🙂

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