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How to stop rumors (The Test of Three)

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  1. Grand Admiral Strife

    Grand Admiral Strife RSA Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 21, 2001
    Stolen from a friend:

    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."

    "Test of Three?"

    "That's correct," 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 replied, "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 and said no more.

    This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher
    and held in such high esteem.

    It also explains why Socrates never found out that
    Plato was having an affair with his wife.
  2. Skiara

    Skiara ~• Manager WNU •~ ~• RSA FFC •~ star 10 Staff Member Manager

    Nov 5, 2002
    [face_laugh] There's some truth in it... ;)

    You can be as clever as one would like, but you will never be as clever as you wish.
  3. Qui-Gon_Reborn

    Qui-Gon_Reborn Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Dec 11, 2008
    That's hilarious! [face_laugh] [face_laugh]

    I guess you've just got to choose the lesser of two evils.
  4. KELIA

    KELIA Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 26, 2005

    Though, Socrates did have a point.
  5. juliant

    juliant Jedi Youngling

    Jan 6, 2010
    So the conclusion is that a rumor never be true or good or even useful. Then why people show so much interest on rumors??
  6. MacCaffrey

    MacCaffrey VIP star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 25, 2000
    Very nice! :D

    @ juliant
    First a rumor can be either of this three. In this particular case it was neither.
    Second a lot of people are curious.
    Thrid some are rumors that are neither true, good or useful are amusing noetheless.
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