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
Haughtiness D: Destructive values
Underestimation D: Destructive values
Unnecessary D: Destructive values
Overcrowding D: Destructive values
Warmth C: Constructive values
Pleasure C: Constructive values
Undivided C: Constructive values
Rejection D: Destructive values
Endearment C: Constructive values
Menace D: Destructive values
Differentiation C: Constructive values
Disagreeableness D: Destructive values
Nondestructible D: Destructive values
Decadence D: Destructive values
Insufficiency D: Destructive values
Overpowering D: Destructive values
Achievement C: Constructive values
Merriment C: Constructive values
Generosity C: Constructive values
Breakdown D: Destructive values
Renegade D: Destructive values
Self-respect C: Constructive values
Esprit C: Constructive values
Unreadiness D: Destructive values
Misconception D: Destructive values
Tension D: Destructive values
Upstage D: Destructive values
Lucidity C: Constructive values
Discomfort D: Destructive values
Self-direction C: Constructive values
Companionship C: Constructive values
Senselessness D: Destructive values
Sympathy C: Constructive values
Erudition C: Constructive values
Involution D: Destructive values
Morality C: Constructive values
Profligacy D: Destructive values
Self-actualization C: Constructive values
Congratulation-Envy P: Value polarities
Relevance C: Constructive values
Lie D: Destructive values
Stain D: Destructive values
Grimness D: Destructive values
Feeling C: Constructive values
Possession-Loss P: Value polarities
Lethal D: Destructive values
Roughness D: Destructive values
Ancestry C: Constructive values
Heat-Cold P: Value polarities
Denaturalization D: Destructive values