The most truthful, useful and correct way of communication with the right content should pass the “Triple Filter Test” as proposed by the ancient guru of Spiritual prowess Chanakya!
I have added my bit too to bring more clarity to the subject in the para called “Learing”.
One day a person met the great Chanakya, and said,
“Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”
“Hold on a minute,” Chanakya replied.
“Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test.
It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”
“That’s right,” Chanakya 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.
A). 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…”
LEARNING – “This stage prevents all forms of gossip and loose talk and protects your own integrity of being an honest individual who only practices ethical conversation.
“All right,” said Chanakya.
“So you don’t know if it’s true or not.
Now let’s try the second filter,
B). The filter of “GOODNESS”
Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”
“No, on the contrary…”
“So,” Chankaya continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true.
LEARNING – This stage prevents all forms of conversation that will demean a person through careless and loose talk about others. This will amply display your own character.
You can also be rest assured that you will never have the company of good people around you.
Also, through this type of conversation, you will open the window to others to decide how much to respect you and depend on you.
Chanakya said “You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left,
C). The filter of ” USEFULLNESS” .
Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”
“No, not really.”
LEARNING – Through this stage, your will be coveying your “Emotional Maturity” and your ability to respect other’s time and your own self respect.
You will either be seen as a gossip monger or as a good samaritan.
It’s in your conversation and your choice of content.
“Well,” concluded chankaya, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”
MORAL – We need to Use this triple filter each time we hear OR are tempted to practice loose conversation.
It may feel tempting, but it will rob you of your self respect and dignity.
Moreover, you will be looked down upon as person of not a good character.
Rest is your journey.