There are words spoken to defend
A view that one felt being threatened
There are words spoken to attack
For a view that one held defensively
There are words spoken frivolously
To ignite conversations to escape boredom
There are words spoken insidiously
To incite gossips out of jealousy
There are words spoken to occupy silence
when quietness is not appreciated.
There are words spoken meaninglessly
Out of guilt from mannerism and cultural bondage.
There are also words spoken to invoke control
When vulnerability rears its head.
There are words spoken to provoke anger
To revenge the pain that one is in.
There are words spoken to draw attention
For the need to be loved.
There are words spoken seductively
To lure desire into grip.
There are words spoken with an open question
Expecting others to fill in the blank.
There are words spoken with a close question
Forcing others to come to a conclusion.
Words define the beholder
Not the listener until one buys into those words
Where are words that come with compassion?
Where are words that come with unconditional love?
Where are words that come with wisdom?
That quiver others to tears of joy when rightfully spoken?
Words are empty when it is devoid of essence
Words are hurtful when it is from ignorance
Words are meaningless when it is not from the heart
Words are simply useless when spoken without thoughts.
Like garbage floating aimlessly in the sea
Creating mismatch with what nature is offering
There are much words floating energetically around
By insensible talking and meaningless purpose.
It is time we learn to watch our thoughts
That are instigated by these floats
It is time we maintain silence and stillness
For the floats to dance its end.
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Triple Filter Test – The Secret to Sharing Information
In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “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.”
“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. 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 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 useful to me?” “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?”