Down and Out in Beggarland

  • Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries


There is an apocryphal story about the academic and author C. S. Lewis (of The Chronicles of Narnia fame). He and a friend were walking along a street when a beggar approached them asking for money. Lewis’s friend ignored the beggar and kept on walking. But Lewis stopped and gave the beggar everything in his wallet. Then he caught up with his friend, you said, “You’re crazy. He’s only going to spend it all on drink.” To which Lewis replied, “What’s the difference? I had planned to do the same.”

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  • Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
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  1. 1.INSEADFontainebleauFrance

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