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
Passionlessness D: Destructive values
Jealousy D: Destructive values
Capability C: Constructive values
Bravery C: Constructive values
Stench D: Destructive values
Trafficking D: Destructive values
Devotion C: Constructive values
Doubtfulness D: Destructive values
Lethargy D: Destructive values
Potentiality C: Constructive values
Celebration C: Constructive values
Unpunctuality D: Destructive values
Unfocused D: Destructive values
Tampering D: Destructive values
Humaneness C: Constructive values
Bigness-Littleness P: Value polarities
Overstrain D: Destructive values
Democracy C: Constructive values
Expensiveness-Cheapness P: Value polarities
Suffocation D: Destructive values
Acquiescence C: Constructive values
Brevity C: Constructive values
Diligence C: Constructive values
Cooperation C: Constructive values
Segmentation D: Destructive values
Inappropriateness D: Destructive values
Life C: Constructive values
Circumscription-Intrusion P: Value polarities
Maltreatment D: Destructive values
Amusement C: Constructive values
Nonuniformity D: Destructive values
Narcissism D: Destructive values
Encumbrance D: Destructive values
Hardiness C: Constructive values
Acerbity D: Destructive values
Order*complex T: Value clusters
Pettiness D: Destructive values
Disobedience D: Destructive values
Bloodlust D: Destructive values
Mendicancy D: Destructive values
Piracy D: Destructive values
Illness D: Destructive values
Adversity D: Destructive values
Disconcertion D: Destructive values
Sporadic D: Destructive values
Gloom D: Destructive values
Discontent D: Destructive values
Sloth D: Destructive values
Warmheartedness C: Constructive values
Behaviour C: Constructive values

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