The Triple Filter Test

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

One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance that ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students called Plato?”

“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.

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

A random post

Had a good time yesterday, bowling with my secondary school Tamil class friends. I was happy only to a certain extent, though. I didn’t like that outing that much. I felt like there was a divide between us, there were obviously two cliques. I didn’t like it. But everything went well. I can’t say much in here, but i’ve discussed my feelings with Kasturi.

I was listening to one of Suresh’s podcasts again and in it he was explaining why he avoids Indian college-mates/passers by. I was surprised at his views, but at the same time realise that it’s true with me too. I mean, i don’t avoid them but i would keep a distance from the Indians here. I just find them quite weird. Let me tell about an incident that happened yesterday, Kasturi would know too. As we, a group of Indian girls that is, were walking along the road on the pavement, a vehicle passed by. The driver kept on sounding the horn, we got so irritated. There were a bunch of Indian workers in that vehicle, more than twenty or so people. All were starring at us and smiling, giving that kind of ‘signal’. It’s called, ‘jollu vidurathu’ in tamil, right? Aiyo! I hated them. Another vehicle did the same thing as it passed by us.

These people would do anything when they are in a big group. But when alone, they just shut up and keep quiet. I can’t believe it. I respect them and the reason why they’ve come to Singapore and all. But this is simply too much. The Bangal boys are another story. All they do is just stare at anyone, be it an old woman or a young one. Haha… I’m not kidding. Just go to Little India on Saturdays and Sundays, one would just cringe from the numerous stares you get. But I just don’t care. I’ve learned to ignore them a long long time ago. I can survive millions of such stare now. I don’t care at all!!

Anyway, I learned a technique that is simply just for fun. Haha… When a guy is walking past you, first look at his eyes and make eye contact with him for a second or two. This is just to let him know that you are looking at him. Then slowly (not so slowly because you’re going to walk past him soon) bring your eyes to his shoes/slippers/flip-flops/whatever and stare at it for a while, as if you find it weird or nice. Anything. Then turn away your face from his shoes/slippers/flip-flops/whatever. After he has walked past you, quickly turn behind and look. Make sure he is not turning behind and looking at you too. You will notice that he will be looking down to check his shoes/slippers/flip-flops/whatever!! I found it very funny when i first did it to a middle-aged man. You can do it to a girl too. Go on, try it! Haha…

I have nothing better to do…

You Are Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

You are kind, popular, and generous.
You tend to be successful at anything you try.
A social butterfly, you are great at entertaining a crowd.

You are most compatible with strawberry ice cream.

You Are Grape

You are bold and a true individual. You are very different and very okay with that.
People know you as a straight shooter. You’re very honest, even when the truth hurts.
You are also very grounded and practical. No one is going to sneak anything by you.
People enjoy your fresh approach to life. And it’s this honesty that makes you a very innovative person.

Your Love Life Secrets Are

Looking back on your life, you will have a few true loves.

You’re a little scarred from your past relationships, but who isn’t?

You expect a lot from your lover – you want the full package. You tend to be very picky.

In fights, you are able to walk away and calm down. You are able to weather the storm.

Getting over a break-up doesn’t take long. Easy come, easy go.

You’ve Changed 52% in 10 Years

You’ve done a good job changing with the times, but deep down, you’re still the same person.
You’re clothes, job, and friends may have changed some – but it hasn’t changed you.

Your Career Personality: Hard-Working, Ethical, and Orderly

Your Ideal Careers:

Business attorney
Chef
Dentist
Financial officer
Hollywood agent
International business person
Police officer
Project manager
Publicist
Researcher
Stockbroker

You Should Rule Jupiter

Huge and hot, Jupiter is a quickly turning planet with short days and intense gravity.

You are perfect to rule Jupiter, because you are both dominant and kind.
You have great strength and confidence, but you never abuse your power.

You are always right. Even if you make mistakes, you compensate for them… before anyone knows it.
Headstrong and ambitious, you always have a goal in mind. You are optimistic and believe that things will always work out.

You Are: 70% Dog, 30% Cat

You and dogs definitely have a lot in common.
You’re both goofy, happy, and content with the small things in life.
However, you’re definitely not as needy as the average dog. You need your down time occasionally.

Your Dosha is Pitta

You have a quick mind, a gift for persuasion, and a sharp sense of humor.
You have both the drive and people skills to be a very successful leader.
Argumentative and a bit stubborn, you have been known to be a little too set in your ways.
But while you may be biased toward your own point of view, you are always honest, fair, and ethical.

With friends: You are outgoing and open to anyone who might want to talk to you

In love: You are picky but passionate

To achieve more balance: Be less judgmental of those around you, and take cool walks in the moonlight.

Your Blogging Type Is Thoughtful and Considerate

You’re a well liked, though underrated, blogger.
You have a heart of gold, and are likely to blog for a cause.
You’re a peaceful blogger – no drama for you!
A good listener and friend, you tend to leave thoughtful comments for others.

Your Five Factor Personality Profile

Extroversion:

You have medium extroversion.
You’re not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your “down time.”

Conscientiousness:

You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.

Agreeableness:

You have high agreeableness.
You are easy to get along with, and you value harmony highly.
Helpful and generous, you are willing to compromise with almost anyone.
You give people the benefit of the doubt and don’t mind giving someone a second chance.

Neuroticism:

You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed – making others feel secure.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is medium.
You are generally broad minded when it come to new things.
But if something crosses a moral line, there’s no way you’ll approve of it.
You are suspicious of anything too wacky, though you do still consider creativity a virtue.

Your Love Style is Storge

For you, love and friendship are almost the same thing
And your love tends to be the enduring, long lasting kind.
But sometimes your love is not the most passionate
Leap before you look, and you’ll find that fire you crave

Your Five Variable Love Profile

Propensity for Monogamy:

Your propensity for monogamy is high.
You find it easy to be devoted and loyal to one person.
And in return, you expect the same from who you love.
Any sign of straying, and you’ll end things.

Experience Level:

Your experience level is low.
You’ve probably either had only one relationship..
Or all of your relationships have been very similar.
You still have a lot to learn… and a lot to try!

Dominance:

Your dominance is low.
This doesn’t mean you’re a doormat, just balanced.
You know a relationship is not about getting your way.
And you love to give your sweetie a lot of freedom.

Cynicism:

Your cynicism is medium.
You’d like to believe in true and everlasting love…
But you’ve definitely been burned enough to know better.
You’re still an optimist, but you also are a realist.

Independence:

Your independence is medium.
In relationships, you need both “me time” and “we time.”
You usually find it easy to be part of a couple.
But occasionally you start to feel a little smothered.

Your Italian Name Is…

Imelda Bruno
The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to those who are unbridled, untrammeled, and free.

In love, you feel the most alive when your lover is creative and never lets you feel bored.

You’d like to your lover to think you are loyal and faithful… that you’ll never change.

You would be forced to break up with someone who was insecure and in constant need of reassurance.

Your ideal relationship is lasting. You want a relationship that looks to the future… one you can grow with.

Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.

You think of marriage something you’ve always wanted… though you haven’t really thought about it.

In this moment, you think of love as commitment. Love only works when both people are totally devoted.