No Loose Talk Is Good Talk

The Triple Filter to Loose Talk


One day a person met the great Chanakya and said, "Do you know what I just heard about your friend?"
Chanakya replied "Hold on a minute. Before telling me anything I'd like you to pass a small test called Triple Filter Test."
"Triple filter?"
"That's right." Chanakya 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's why I call it the triple filter test".
"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 Chanakya. "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," Chankaya continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, but you're not certain whether 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 Chankaya, "If what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?"
______________ Use this triple filter each time you hear loose talk about any of your near / dear ones. Something really useful to stay on friendships so long.
It is worth applying in everyone's life.

Courtesy: Aparna Rege Shenoy