Socrates: The Test Of Three

Bandung, August 17th 2016

9:50 wib

Hellouuu readers, Happy Independence Day for Indonesia! My beloved country.

Anyway, yesterday I found a link about “The Test of Three” of Socrates. This story is about Socrates’ wisdom when a guy was going to tell something bad about Socrates’ student, Socrates was not easy to accept about what he would hear. With full of wisdom Socrates told to that guy the three questions. Check this story out… 

Happy reading…. ^_^

Naomi Indah Sari

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,”  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…

Next time you feel the need to speak about anyone, ask yourself first; Is it true? Is it Good? Is it useful?

Naomi Indah Sari

Well readers, what do you think about this story? How often we talk about people’s weakness? How often we talk about every bad things that people have? Do you think this attitude is good? Do you think this is wise?

Well, Socrates shows us that if something you want to tell is not true (you don’t know & not sure that is true or not), not good (what you want to tell is about bad thing of people, not about the good side), and not useful (what you want to tell is a trash like gossip, judgement, hatred, etc). Please concern about those three questions. When we can tell the truth, why we tell lie? When we can tell about the good thing, why we tell the bad thing? When we can tell something useful like support, motivation, idea, or knowledge; why we tell the trash?

Do you think we can be a better person? Of course we can. Do you think we can be wiser? Of course we can. Do you think we can support & motivate people? Of course we can. We can do all good things to people if we want, if we realize, if we have big heart to do that.

From now on, lets we try & practice to be a good person & be wise.

Thank you everyone for reading…

Have a nice day….
With Love,

Naomi Indah Sari


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