What if everyone performed the Socrate’s ‘Three Sieves Test’ before speaking out?  The world would be a more peaceful and silent place, and we could focus on what really matters before Election Day. In case you don’t know, a sieve is a device for separating wanted elements from unwanted material

What would the great philosopher Socrates have said if someone came up to him and said: “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Donald Trump?”

Socrates would’ve said: “Before you tell me, I would like to perform a simple test. It is called the ‘Three Sieves Test.’ ”

SOCRATES: Before you say a word about Donald, take a moment to reflect carefully on what you wish to say by pouring your words through three special sieves.”

“The first sieve is the Sieve of Truth. Are you absolutely sure, without any doubt, that what you are about to tell me is true?”
“Well, no, I’m not. Actually I heard it recently and…”
“Alright,” interrupted Socrates. “So you don’t really know whether it is true or not.

Then let us try the second sieve: the Sieve of Goodness. Are you going to tell me something good about Donald?”
“Well…no,” said his acquaintance. “On the contrary…”
“So you want to tell me something bad about him,” questioned Socrates, “even though you are not certain if it is true or not?”

“You may still pass the test though,” said Socrates, “because there is a third sieve: the Sieve of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Donald going to be useful to me?”
“No. Not so much.” said the man resignedly.

Finishing the lesson, Socrates said: “Well, then, if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor useful, why bother telling me at all?”


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