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 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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