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Joke Home > Men / Women Jokes > a little philosophy

a little philosophy

Total Views: 6,965 Last Updated: 3/10/2007 Number Votes: 511 | Average: 0.03

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.    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...    -- David  http://david.TheFunList.com  "Sharing the world's best humor." 

Thanks to david snitzer for this joke.  Visit their website at http://david.thefunlist.com.

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