Charles Handy

Africans speak of two hungers: the lesser hunger — for the goods and services that sustain us and the means to pay for them, and the greater hunger, which has to do with understanding what life is all about.

Today, that greater hunger is even keener, for workers and executives the world over. And I worry that the only way people can satisfy it is though the lesser hunger. Money is quite accurately called compensation — if you can’t find a major purpose in life, you compensate for it by making money. What we have today is a bizarre phenomenon: Economies everywhere are growing, but once they’ve hit a certain level the amount of happiness or contentment in a society doesn’t increase. So the lesser hunger still doesn’t satisfy the greater hunger.

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