Greek Philosophy ......

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  1. JohnHenry

    JohnHenry Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2011
    Livingston county, Michigan
    Greek Philosophy --- As pertinent today as 399 BC !!

    Keep this in mind the next time you are about to repeat a rumor or spread

    In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.

    One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you
    know what I just heard about Diogenes?"

    "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?" asked the acquaintance.

    "That's right," Socrates continued, "Before you talk to me about Diogenes
    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

    "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 Diogenes something good?"

    "No, on the contrary..."

    "So," Socrates continued, "You want to tell me something about Diogenes that may be bad, even though you're not certain it's true?"

    The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued, "You may still
    pass the third test though, because there is a third filter, the filter of
    Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes going to be useful to

    "No, I'm not sure really."

    "Well," concluded Socrates, "If what you want to tell me is neither True nor
    Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me or anyone at all?"
    The man was bewildered and ashamed. This is an example of why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.

    It also explains why Socrates never found out that Diogenes was banging his
  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    ;) there's some food for thought!

  3. Old Grump

    Old Grump New Member

    Feb 21, 2010
    Little hut in the woods near Blue River Wisconsin
    Good gosh, we were married to the same woman. :eek:
  4. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Glendale Arizona
    I have a question about the Greeks, particularily the women...Why always the joking comments about Greek love making...I realize every Greek woman I've ever seen was built like one of the 'brick' ones, but what's the magic? French women I can kinda relate to having been stationed in the Old French Morocco area for a couple of years...They just 'ooze' of it like those Vermont maple trees do the sap for syrup! You didn't know that, Pilgrim...But back to the Greek Gals....enlighten this old Iowa farm hand!!!! Chief
  5. JohnHenry

    JohnHenry Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2011
    Livingston county, Michigan
    Chief .....
    Females only come in three grades, GOOD, BETTER, and BEST .... and,
    the worst one I ever had was MARVELOUS !
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