The Rock Wall

Posted July 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Picnic’s almost here. We have the schedule in this issue.

- Bob Leeper sent me a Triple Test of Gossip:

Socrates thoughts on gossip: Keep this in mind the next time you are about to repeat a rumor or spread gossip. In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?”

“Wait a moment,” Socrates replied, “Before you tell me I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”

“Before you talk to me about Diogenes let’s take a moment to 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.”

“Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about Diogenes something good?”

”No, on the contrary…”

“You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter, the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes 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 or anyone at all?” The man was bewildered and ashamed.

This is an example of why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem that they forced him to drink a fatal dose of poison which they let him choose.

-A friend sent me Murphy’s “Other” Laws:

1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

2. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

3. He, who laughs last, thinks slowest.

4. A day without sunshine is like, well, night.

5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

6. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.

7. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

8. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

9. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end-to-end, someone from California would be stupid enough to try to pass them.

10. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

11. The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

12. Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.

13. The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in the dark.

14. When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.

- This secret men have been looking for — not always with any success — for centuries is found in the Shoe cartoon published July 9, 2012 in the Kansas City Star: Always remember the wife’s birthday but never remember how many there have been.