Human Values & Wisdom

As humans, values of some sort guide all of our behaviour. Information on values, and how it can be organized, is seen by the UIA as one of the keys to the global organization of knowledge about organizations, strategies, or problems.The Human Values and Wisdom section of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential it is an ongoing attempt to provide profiles of, and map relationships between, the different guiding principles of human behaviour - which often occur in value polarities of constructive or destructive values - in the hopes that a more comprehensive understanding would greatly enhance our ability to deal with current global challenges.

Take for instance the value polarity of Attack and Defense. This reality of the human condition has been recognized in the proverbs of lay-people such as "Attack is the best form of defence" to the quotes of famous leaders, including "It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war" by J F Kennedy. The "destructive" value of attack, necessary as it might seem, generates world problems including racial intimidation and verbal abuse. However, the "constructive" value of defense also aggravates problems such as excessive parental defensiveness. Both values in turn give rise to strategies, both "positive" and "negative", and this value polarity is part of a wider complex of values based around interaction, and other examples could include Support/Opposition and Neutrality/Compromise.

The Human Values and Wisdom section of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential includes this value polarity as well as 3200 other value profiles and 120,000 relationships beteween them - from Anarchy, Boredom and Creativity, to Xenophobia, Youthfulness and Zealotry. The values presented are relevant to the aims of international constituencies (profiled in a complementary publication, the Yearbook of International Organizations) dealing with policy making for addressing world problems.

Value Value type
Undervaluation D: Destructive values
Unconvincing D: Destructive values
Deficit D: Destructive values
Misrule D: Destructive values
Ennui D: Destructive values
Deception D: Destructive values
Dictatorship D: Destructive values
Awareness C: Constructive values
Goodness C: Constructive values
Catastrophe D: Destructive values
Bothersomeness D: Destructive values
Surplus D: Destructive values
Brotherliness C: Constructive values
Impracticality D: Destructive values
Inhospitality D: Destructive values
Suffering D: Destructive values
Denigration D: Destructive values
Slaughter D: Destructive values
Uncorrupted C: Constructive values
Overcomplex D: Destructive values
Acknowledgement C: Constructive values
Haughtiness D: Destructive values
Bungling D: Destructive values
Confiscation D: Destructive values
Tangibility C: Constructive values
Atavistic D: Destructive values
Application C: Constructive values
Enumeration C: Constructive values
Banefulness D: Destructive values
Anger D: Destructive values
Forgiveness-Vengeance P: Value polarities
Agreeableness C: Constructive values
Urgency D: Destructive values
Unsuccessful D: Destructive values
Fallout D: Destructive values
Complacency D: Destructive values
Inconclusiveness D: Destructive values
Fidelity C: Constructive values
Tragedy D: Destructive values
Understaffed D: Destructive values
Devitalized D: Destructive values
Overpowering D: Destructive values
Peculiarity D: Destructive values
Wealth C: Constructive values
Wonder C: Constructive values
Power*complex T: Value clusters
Discouragement D: Destructive values
Horror D: Destructive values
Favouritism D: Destructive values
Humaneness C: Constructive values

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