[CQ-Contest] Re:Fishy Calls

Zack Widup w9sz at prairienet.org
Sun Apr 13 12:39:24 EDT 2003

On Sat, 12 Apr 2003, N7MAL wrote:

> In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high
> esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said,
> "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about your friend?"
> "Hold on a minute," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything I'd
> like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."
> "Triple filter?"
> "That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my
> friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment 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 and..."
> "All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or
> not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what
> you are about to tell me about my friend something good?"
> "No, on the contrary..."
> "So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him,
> but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test though,
> because there's one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you
> want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?"
> "No, not really."

You forgot the next line -

Socrates: "So tell it to me!  What is it?"

Zack W9SZ

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