Socrates' Methods Don't Appear to Work for Everything
In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance ran up to the great philosopher and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about your friend?"

"Hold on a minute," Socrates 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," Socrates 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. 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..."

"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really 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," Socrates 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 something I can use to benefit the world?"

"No, not really."

"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?"

The man stared at him, and without a word turned around and left, dejected.

This is why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.
It also explains why he never found out his best friend was sleeping with his wife.
1. "We will do it" means "You will do it."

2. "You have done a great job" means "More work to be given to you."

3. "We are working on it" means "We have not yet started working on the same."

4. "Tomorrow first thing in the morning" means "Its not getting done... At least not tomorrow!"

5. "After discussion we will decide-I am very open to views" means "I have already decided, I will tell you what to do."

6. "There was a slight miscommunication" means "We had actually lied."

7. "Lets call a meeting and discuss" means "I have no time now, will talk later."

8. "We can always do it" means "We actually cannot do the same on time."

9. "We are on the right track but there needs to be a slight extension of the deadline" means "The project is screwed up, we cannot deliver on time... "

10. "We had slight differences of opinion "means "We had actually fought."

11. "Make a list of the work that you do and let's see how I can help you" means "Anyway you have to find a way out no help from me."

12. "You should have told me earlier" means "Well even if you told me earlier that would have made hardly any difference!"

13. "We need to find out the real reason" means "Well I will tell you where your fault is."

14. "Well Family is important; your leave is always granted. Just ensure that the work is not affected," means, "Well you know. . . "

15. "We are a team," means, "I am not the only one to be blamed."

16. "That's actually a good question" means "I do not know anything about it."

17. "All the Best" means "You are in trouble."