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
Underpayment D: Destructive values
Youth C: Constructive values
Detachment D: Destructive values
Energy C: Constructive values
Consideration C: Constructive values
Recalcitrance D: Destructive values
Friendless D: Destructive values
Lovelessness D: Destructive values
Neutrality C: Constructive values
Unfashionable D: Destructive values
Intuitiveness C: Constructive values
Famine D: Destructive values
Deficiency D: Destructive values
Bigness-Littleness P: Value polarities
Hoarding D: Destructive values
Production-Reproduction P: Value polarities
Complexity D: Destructive values
Dispute D: Destructive values
Syndrome D: Destructive values
Inadaptability D: Destructive values
Nondisclosure D: Destructive values
Squeamishness D: Destructive values
Influence-Influencelessness P: Value polarities
Blame D: Destructive values
Unreasonableness D: Destructive values
Ill-gotten D: Destructive values
Punishment D: Destructive values
Opportunism D: Destructive values
Acedia D: Destructive values
Insight C: Constructive values
Subjugation D: Destructive values
Benevolence C: Constructive values
Contamination D: Destructive values
Repugnance D: Destructive values
Regulation C: Constructive values
Harshness D: Destructive values
Unfailing C: Constructive values
Undue D: Destructive values
Well-mannered C: Constructive values
Exhilaration C: Constructive values
Malefactor D: Destructive values
Submission D: Destructive values
Distraction D: Destructive values
Harm D: Destructive values
Absolution C: Constructive values
Frivolity D: Destructive values
Epidemic D: Destructive values
Stridency D: Destructive values
Animality D: Destructive values
Persistence C: Constructive values

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