gossip, gossip, gossip

Got this from Liza who just came back from maternity leave. An interesting piece on how you can protect your ears from listening to useless gossips in this holy month of Ramadhan. Just whether you have the courage to respond to the gossiper the way Socrates did!



There are many gossipers around us. Are you one?

Next time someone starts to spread gossip, think of this:

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 Triple Filter Test.”

“Triple filter?”

“That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my student let’s take a moment to 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 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 the test though, because there is a third filter - 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.

8 comments:

ahkakbatik said...

huh! tajuk mengancam...kelam kabut kaktek kelik..

Liza said...

good one dieya, will try to practise this. anyway, your tag tu nanti i jawab yer...

dieya said...

k tek,
kehkehkehhh.. tipah tertipu tertipah? k tek ni pasal gossip laju jek yek!

k liza,
yeah, i've started doing the three filter test when i feel like talking nonesense, kurangkan dosa :-D
yeah waiting for the tag! take your time, i know u mummies are bz as raya gets closer.

~jeet~ said...

woooo... this is really good stuffs, i will pass this around ;)

Fertzy said...

bagusnyer citer nie!

nak copypaste dlm my blog, can ah????

dieya said...

jeet,
go ahead, pass it on!

noly,
boleh2 no problem, silakan!

Aida Rezuan said...

Dieya,
Haha! Betul tuh! Tapi tuh la.. sebab tuh awal2 lagik dah namanye pon gossip, kan? :D
* dulu kat opis, kitorang suka bergossip sambil makan kopok :D

dieya said...

aida,
kalau tak lepas three filter tu memang confirm laa gossip kan. at my office gossip sambil makan sandwich, pasal kakak2 office i suka buat sardin lenyek campur mayo and cili padi, marvellous!