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
Unprofitable D: Destructive values
Impetuousity D: Destructive values
Unspeakable D: Destructive values
Intrinsicality-Extrinsicality P: Value polarities
Fortunate-Unfortunate P: Value polarities
Credit C: Constructive values
Perniciousness D: Destructive values
Menial D: Destructive values
Unpunctuality D: Destructive values
Unsolicited D: Destructive values
Conformation C: Constructive values
Carefulness C: Constructive values
Friendship-Enmity P: Value polarities
Sweetness C: Constructive values
Hardship D: Destructive values
Departure D: Destructive values
Rights C: Constructive values
Starvation D: Destructive values
Revenge D: Destructive values
Disenfranchisement D: Destructive values
Sensuality D: Destructive values
Narcissism D: Destructive values
Inadequacy D: Destructive values
Annulment D: Destructive values
Emissions D: Destructive values
Intuitiveness C: Constructive values
Piety C: Constructive values
Overheated D: Destructive values
Vandalism D: Destructive values
Encumbrance D: Destructive values
Exacerbation D: Destructive values
Omnipresence C: Constructive values
Endangered D: Destructive values
Sobriety C: Constructive values
Gruesomeness D: Destructive values
Suddenness D: Destructive values
Unity C: Constructive values
Experience C: Constructive values
Unrepentant D: Destructive values
Acquiescence C: Constructive values
Credulity D: Destructive values
Repulsiveness D: Destructive values
Centrality-Environment P: Value polarities
Buoyancy C: Constructive values
Continuity-Discontinuity P: Value polarities
Proliferation D: Destructive values
Devaluation D: Destructive values
Meritocracy D: Destructive values
Circumvention D: Destructive values
Stall D: Destructive values

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