Misappropriation of social values Collapsed conceptualization Trivialization of social values False concreteness of societal concepts Vulgarization of concepts
Appropriating the articulation of a profound and necessary social, religious or cultural reality while reducing the meaning of the term to a facile social concept lends linguistic, social and symbolic credibility to the users of the word. An individual can use the term love or peace or religion and mean a very narrow and deceptive dimension of the term while implying its whole breadth of meanings. This process when used over and over again trivializes the word. The experience the word points to is left without a meaningful symbol to point to it and is then considered an inappropriate experience.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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