Coping with disintegrating value systems Creating value systems Creating sociological attitudes Revamping outmoded values Reforming values Encouraging renewal of values
Focuses on societal re-education and re-motivation to give each individual the possibility of seeing his life as significant in the post-modern scientific age and totally participating in the social structures on behalf of all men.
Tactics include: teaching socio-analytic processes; balancing family socio-dynamics; revitalizing community structures; training for community life; and sustaining primal communities.
There is no such thing as a purely material crisis; the crisis in values is at the root of all issues. The present world crises, including increasing crime, drugs, the widening gulf between rich and poor, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, the destruction of the environment, the population explosion and the impotence of governments, are examples of the worldwide erosion of philosophical and moral guidance in the conduct and interpretation of life. In addition, the intensification and diffusion of the market economy is endangering indigenous value systems, religious teachings and social wisdom. Progress in technology and science must be accompanied by a deeper understanding of human nature, morality and the natural world.
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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