“Whoever gossips to you, will be a gossip of you.”
-Author Unknown

“News is gossip socially accepted as needed information.”

“Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots.”


Life Lesson: On Gossip

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copied from Francis Kong’s book “Just when you think you can’t do it, Do it.”


In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem.

One day, an acquaintance met the great philsopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

“Hold on a minute,” Socrated said. “Before telling me anything, I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called triple filter test.”

“Triple Filter?”

“That’s right,” Socrated 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. Thats why I call it a triple filter test.”

“The first filter is truth. Have you absolutely made 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 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 me at all?”