Chanakya’s Triple Filter

char010_chanakya One of my favorite strategic thinker is Chanakya and he was called the “Kingmaker”. Nobody can come in par on his wisdom and clarity of thoughts. He is the Socrates of India and his books “Arthasasthra” and “Chanakya Neeti” are one of my favorites. He is the inventor of the game “Chess” This is an incident that happened in Chanakya’s life and it is very meaningful and gives an understanding on how to avoid loose talks and how not to get involved unnecessary gossips.

Once upon a time in ancient India and to be precise in 4th Century BC, a person met the great Chanakya, and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”
“Hold on a minute,” Chanakya replied.
“Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test.
It’s called the 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 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 Chanakya, “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 and dear ones.

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