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
Immorality D: Destructive values
Obstruction D: Destructive values
Discomposure D: Destructive values
Hardship D: Destructive values
Novelty C: Constructive values
Condescension D: Destructive values
Sedition D: Destructive values
Complaints D: Destructive values
Lag D: Destructive values
Broadmindedness C: Constructive values
Alienation D: Destructive values
Dubious D: Destructive values
Resignation D: Destructive values
Congestion D: Destructive values
Feminity C: Constructive values
Approval C: Constructive values
Worry D: Destructive values
Dimension*complex T: Value clusters
Oversimplification D: Destructive values
Corruption D: Destructive values
Ennui D: Destructive values
Misinterpretation D: Destructive values
Continuity C: Constructive values
Impoliteness D: Destructive values
One-sided D: Destructive values
Poverty D: Destructive values
Endearment C: Constructive values
Covert D: Destructive values
Unevenness D: Destructive values
Recognition C: Constructive values
Partnership C: Constructive values
Heresy D: Destructive values
Compulsiveness D: Destructive values
Insinuation D: Destructive values
Duplicity D: Destructive values
Condolence C: Constructive values
Silence-Loudness P: Value polarities
Inhumanity D: Destructive values
Soundness C: Constructive values
Undetermined D: Destructive values
Pandering D: Destructive values
Consent-Refusal P: Value polarities
Spunklessness D: Destructive values
Detachment D: Destructive values
Churlishness D: Destructive values
Insidious D: Destructive values
Makeshift D: Destructive values
Painstakingness C: Constructive values
Killing D: Destructive values
Sanctity C: Constructive values

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