09 Mar 2019 06:12am IST
Though 24 hours makes a day, 7 to 8 hours or for some even less are of rest during the night. The minimum 16 hours one needs to check in how they are spent; on what they are spent or for what purpose; where they are spent; and the outcome of those precious, valuable hours. An often repeated saying: I didn’t get time! Within the stipulated 24 hours this saying at times has been a refuge for some to avoid further trouble! We find people who are always engaged with work or something or the other at home or at work and leave their work pending while there are those who just kill time doing nothing! But have ample of time to carry ‘khobro’ which does no good to either of the souls.
Earlier it was said that ‘bolcavacheo gozali’ were tagged after the woman! But I have been witness to something opposite! I see a couple of men who later are accompanied by more to the ‘gozali’ theatre. This incident was enlightening. Some thoughts cropped up and I am reminded about the great philosopher Socrates.
In ancient Greece, Socrates (the famous philosopher) was visited by an acquaintance of his. Eager to share some juicy gossip, the man asked if Socrates would like to know the story he’d just heard about a friend of theirs. Socrates replied that before the man spoke, he needed to pass the “Triple-Filter” test.
The first filter, he explained, is Truth. “Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to say is true?” The man shook his head. “No, I actually just heard about it, and …
Socrates cut him off. “You don’t know for certain that it is true, then. Is what you want to say something good or kind?” Again, the man shook his head. “No! Actually, just the opposite. You see.” Socrates lifted his hand to stop the man speaking. “So you are not certain that what you want to say is true, and it isn’t good or kind. One filter still remains, though, so you may yet still tell me. That is usefulness or necessity. Is this information useful or necessary to me?”
A little defeated, the man replied, “No, not really.” “Well, then,” Socrates said, turning on his heel. “If what you want to say is neither true, nor good or kind, nor useful or necessary, please don’t say anything at all.”
Consider this. Before you answer a question ask yourself: Is it true? Is it good? Is it kind? If it passes these filters, speak up. If not, either find a tactful way to make it pass or better still, keep it to yourself. Most people leave it at that and assume the story is just about the information we spread.
What if the real truth behind it, however, is about the information we seek and create? Imagine how different the world would be if we only chose to seek or create information that was true, good, or useful. His holiness Pope Francis has tagged those who gossip as - Terrorist!
Before relating any information about others to someone else If only one realises and tries to practise this simple formula: Is it true? Is it good? Is it kind? We will save ourselves from judgement and condemnation from the one who is above us the Supreme God. We will save the reputation of the person and allow the person to live just as he/she is and in return will receive the same measure. At the onset of Lent let us begin in earnest saying “Set oh Lord, a guard over my lips”.