|Socrates' Methods Don't Appear to Work for Everything|
In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance ran up to 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."
"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..."
"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 something I can use to benefit the world?"
"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 stared at him, and without a word turned around and left, dejected.
This is why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.
It also explains why he never found out his best friend was sleeping with his wife.
|1. "We will do it" means "You will do it."|
2. "You have done a great job" means "More work to be given to you."
3. "We are working on it" means "We have not yet started working on the same."
4. "Tomorrow first thing in the morning" means "Its not getting done... At least not tomorrow!"
5. "After discussion we will decide-I am very open to views" means "I have already decided, I will tell you what to do."
6. "There was a slight miscommunication" means "We had actually lied."
7. "Lets call a meeting and discuss" means "I have no time now, will talk later."
8. "We can always do it" means "We actually cannot do the same on time."
9. "We are on the right track but there needs to be a slight extension of the deadline" means "The project is screwed up, we cannot deliver on time... "
10. "We had slight differences of opinion "means "We had actually fought."
11. "Make a list of the work that you do and let's see how I can help you" means "Anyway you have to find a way out no help from me."
12. "You should have told me earlier" means "Well even if you told me earlier that would have made hardly any difference!"
13. "We need to find out the real reason" means "Well I will tell you where your fault is."
14. "Well Family is important; your leave is always granted. Just ensure that the work is not affected," means, "Well you know. . . "
15. "We are a team," means, "I am not the only one to be blamed."
16. "That's actually a good question" means "I do not know anything about it."
17. "All the Best" means "You are in trouble."
|Lady: Do you drink beer?|
Lady: How many beers a day?
Man: Usually about 3.
Lady: How much do you pay per beer?
Man: $5 with a tip.
Lady: And how long have you been drinking?
Man: 20 years, I suppose.
Lady: So a beer costs $5 and you have 3 beers a day which puts your spending each month at $450. In one year, it would be $5400 correct?
Lady: If in 1 year you spend $5400, not accounting for inflation, the past 20 years puts your spending at $108,000, correct?
Lady: Do you know that if you didn't drink so much beer, that money could have been put in a step-up interest savings account and after accounting for compound interest for the past 20 years, you could have now bought a Ferrari?
Man: Do you drink beer?
Lady: No... Why?
Man: Where's your Ferrari?
|One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed Little Johnny was standing staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church.|
The young man of seven had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up and stood beside him and gazing up at the plaque he said quietly, "Good morning, son."
"Good morning, pastor," replied the young man not taking his eyes off the plaque. "Sir, what is this?" Johnny asked.
"Well son, these are all the people who have died in the service," replied the pastor. Soberly, they stood together staring up at the large plaque.
Little Johnny's voice barely broke the silence when he asked quietly, "Which one sir, the 8:30 or the 10:30?"