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Socrates – a simple lesson.

Dr. Gary Huber

Wisdom allows us to filter the good in life and cast the rest aside. Life is short and can be sweet if we learn to focus on what truly matters.

One day a man approached Socrates and said,

“Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

Socrates said,

“Before you talk to me about my friend, take a minute and filter what you’re
               going to say.”

 

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.”

 

The Second filter is the filter of Goodness.

            “Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”

            “No, on the contrary.”

 

Socrates continued

“You want to tell me something bad about him but you’re not certain it’s true.”

 

The final filter is Usefulness.

            “Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”

            “No, not really.”

 

Well, concluded Socrates,

“If it is not necessarily true, not good and not even useful, why tell me at all?”

 

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