There are so many interesting stories about Socrates. Today I will present to you his way of thinking not through pages of theories, but only a humorous story about this famous character.
Socrates had many students. One day, he took his students to go outside. When they were passing a village, there was a man running near Socrates, almost out of his breath, : “Socrates I have to tell you something about your friend who…”
Socrates : “Hold on”,
“About the story you’re about to tell me, did you put it trough the three sieves?”
The man asked : “What are three sieves?”
“First sieve, did you examine what you were about to tell me if it is true?”
The man replied : “Well… I just overheard about it from others”.
“Oh, then there comes the second sieves, sieves of good. Is it something good what you’re about to tell me?”
“Ehm… maybe it’s the contrary?”
“The third sieves, is it necessary to tell me what you’re so exited about?”
“Well, Socrates…I don’t think it’s necessary”.
Socrates smiled, “Well, if the story you’re about to tell me isn’t true, good and necessary, just forget it and don’t bother me with it”.
This is a very interesting tale about Socrates. It’s true that in our modern world, people often bother themselves with many stories, which aren’t true – good – and necessary. Many people believed a story, without thinking about why they need to hear about it. This effect has been promoted by the mass media. People who are prejudiced, become more prejudiced. If you go online, and type in the key word “Rumor”, the first result you can get is a question from a teen girl “Someone is spreading rumors about me. What can I do?”. Rumor spreads like a plague. “We Listen Half, Understand Quarter, Think Zero and React Double.” Rumor caused depression among teenagers. We are afraid of how others would think of us. Teenagers are living in a society that they hear rumors everyday. Even many newspapers are promoting “rumors” about celebrities. Rumor leads to one of the main reason why 30,000 teenagers are committing suicide every year in America.
I think it’s very important that this view of Socrates should be taught to every teenager in the education system. We need to learn how to react with a rumor, and how a rumor can affect others’ lives. This story has taught us an important lesson about life – more than hundreds pages of theories ever did. We should be educated, to think, to act, and to respect people. We should inherit great minds’ way of thinking, to make the world become a better place, because of our very existence.
And all again, I can’t deny myself the urge to thank Socrates for teaching a lesson about life, through such a short story.
“Well, if the story you’re about to tell me isn’t true, good and necessary, just forget it and don’t bother me with it”.