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

One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Socrates, do you know what I have just heard about your friend?"

"Say no more for the moment," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything else I want you to pass a Test. It is a test in three stages that a human being must put himself to before he utters a word".

"A Test in three stages?"

"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and test what you're going to say. The first test is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what your are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and..."

"All right," interrupted Socrates. "So you do not really know if it is true or not. Now try the second test, the test of Goodness. Is what you are going 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 are not certain it is true. You may still pass the test though, because there is one stage left: 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?"

This is why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem, it also explains why Socrates never found out that his best friend was banging his wife.

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How can you guys laugh??

That poor guy's wife was banging another bloke and all you can do is laugh!

You should feel very bad about yourself.

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Yeah, I feel REALLY badd about posting that one.

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Maybe if Socrates wasn't such a pedantic sod he'd have found out what was going on and been able to take appropriate baseball bat related action against the bloke who was doing the dirty with his missus??

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Maybe if Socrates wasn't such a pedantic sod he'd have found out what was going on and been able to take appropriate baseball bat related action against the bloke who was doing the dirty with his missus??

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Yeah, tell 'em how it is Godfather smile.gif

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Maybe if Socrates wasn't such a pedantic sod he'd have found out what was going on and been able to take appropriate baseball bat related action against the bloke who was doing the dirty with his missus??

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Yeah, tell 'em how it is Godfather smile.gif

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I'd have sent the boys in with the curling tongs. That'd have put the fear of God into the little bastard! sekret.gif

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But surely the information would have been useful to him ????

He could then have done something about it.....

But then the joke doesn't work !

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Yeah, and I think actually "test 3", is the information useful to him? Well I think it would have been useful information actually cos he'd have known then, so thats wrong too!

(Are we taking this a bit too seriously d'ya think!? ROLLEY~14.GIF)

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Erm, just read my posts, why do you guys put up wih me?? I must have been well lean when I posted that! SMOKE6.GIFSPericani2.gifSLEEP5.GIF

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No no, Badbay, I think you had a good point.

Well made if I may say so...!

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