Chronic boredom is closely linked with psychological depression. Terminal boredom is unlikely to be dramatic. It is doubtful if anyone ever died of boredom in the relatively trivial everyday sense of the word, but it does predispose people to act in life-destructive ways. When human beings are subjected to solitary confinement and sensory deprivation, they are often brought to the brink of despair and self-destruction. Voluntary states of sheer boredom have been cited as causes of suicide, accidents, and wanton violence, in the case of individuals, and cultural deterioration and war, in the case of societies.
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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