From the widest social perspective, or that of the development of the human race, individuals with certain characteristics may be considered unfit to survive, whether because of the disproportionate amount of resources required to care for them or because of genetically determined mental and physical defects which are undesirable in that development. This perspective raises the controversial question of the criteria of fitness for survival and by which it should be determined when the chronically or incurably ill should be allowed to die. This leads onto the equally controversial issues of the conditions of the elimination of those beyond hope and of the sterilization of the unfit to prevent them from perpetuating their defects.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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