The Story Of Triple Filters
One day, an old student came to meet The Buddha. "Do you know what I just heard about this other Guru?" "Wait a minute", The Buddha said. "Before you say anything, I want you to pass the Triple Filter Test." The student listened. The Buddha continued. "Before you tell me about this person, I want you to pause and filter what you're about to say. The first filter is the Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?" "No", the man replied, "Actually I just heard about it." "All right", said The Buddha. "So you don't really know that it's true." Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Would you say that this news is good?" "No, quite the opposite." "So", The Buddha continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, but you're not sure if it's true." "Now, let’s apply the third filter: the filter of Usefulness. Will I find this news useful?" "No, not really." "Well", The Buddha said with a smile, "if this news is neither true nor good nor useful, then why tell it to me at all?" Moral: We live in an era of Fake News and rumour-mongering on social media which people believe without thinking. The result: they spread fear and misinformation. Don’t fall into such a trap. You owe it to yourself as well as others.