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Triple Filter Test

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem.
One day, one fellow met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”
“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called Triple Filter Test,”
“Triple Filter?”
“That’s right,” Socrates continued.
“Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That is why I call it the triple filter test.
The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you want to tell me is true?”
“No” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and …’
“All right” said Socrates. “So you don’t 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 friend something good?”
“No, on the contrary …”
“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left: the filter of usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend 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?”

Friend, use this triple filter each time you hear loose talk about any of your near or dear friends.

Always think before you speak. If what you are going to say is harmful, force yourself to wait an hour and then ask yourself “is it worth it?” usually it is not.


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The Greatest Commandments

Great piece from a brother

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In every working environment there are rules guiding every member of such particular organisation. These rules are necessary for the consummation of the organisation’s goals. Likewise, in Christendom, there are rules called commandments that are crucial to  attain the required standard of holiness. However, these are not the ten commandments found in the book of Exodus, but the absolute two in the book of Mark. The first being and most important of all is in Mark 12:30, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” then follows the other in Mark 12:31, “And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

Now let us ponder on these passages and…

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