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
Susceptibility D: Destructive values
Reprobate D: Destructive values
Lineage C: Constructive values
Voluntary C: Constructive values
Violation D: Destructive values
Dualism D: Destructive values
Spasmodicness D: Destructive values
Hindrance D: Destructive values
Self-effacement C: Constructive values
Profanation D: Destructive values
Narrow D: Destructive values
Unstimulating D: Destructive values
Inequality D: Destructive values
Solicitude C: Constructive values
Menial D: Destructive values
Irreproachability C: Constructive values
Friendship-Enmity P: Value polarities
Incontinence D: Destructive values
Irreversibility D: Destructive values
Underdevelopment D: Destructive values
Unstandardized D: Destructive values
Torture D: Destructive values
Overestimation D: Destructive values
Desirableness C: Constructive values
Conservative D: Destructive values
Indistinct D: Destructive values
Disagreeableness D: Destructive values
Obfuscation D: Destructive values
Vanity D: Destructive values
Hooliganism D: Destructive values
Equity C: Constructive values
Delicacy C: Constructive values
Undefined D: Destructive values
Savouriness-Unsavouriness P: Value polarities
Determination C: Constructive values
Propriety C: Constructive values
Spirituality C: Constructive values
Misinformation D: Destructive values
Direction-Deviation P: Value polarities
Boredom D: Destructive values
Vigour C: Constructive values
Outcast D: Destructive values
Art C: Constructive values
Fallout D: Destructive values
Agreement C: Constructive values
Unforgivable D: Destructive values
Omnipresence C: Constructive values
Reneging D: Destructive values
Deadness D: Destructive values
Truculence D: Destructive values

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