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
Unapproachable D: Destructive values
Attainment C: Constructive values
Dumbness D: Destructive values
Continuance-Cessation P: Value polarities
Inadvisability D: Destructive values
Rootlessness D: Destructive values
Sureness C: Constructive values
Overprescription D: Destructive values
Disheartened D: Destructive values
Limitlessness C: Constructive values
Self-fulfilment C: Constructive values
Originality-Imitation P: Value polarities
Unscrupulous D: Destructive values
Makeshift D: Destructive values
Obscenity D: Destructive values
Unrewarded D: Destructive values
Number*complex T: Value clusters
Incongruity D: Destructive values
Ease C: Constructive values
Intelligence-Unintelligence P: Value polarities
Constraint D: Destructive values
Unchecked D: Destructive values
Proximity C: Constructive values
Possession-Loss P: Value polarities
Apprehension D: Destructive values
Intelligibility C: Constructive values
Interruption D: Destructive values
Dominance C: Constructive values
Inappropriateness D: Destructive values
Gentleness C: Constructive values
Culmination C: Constructive values
Privilege C: Constructive values
Enforcement D: Destructive values
Holism C: Constructive values
Cabal D: Destructive values
Brevity C: Constructive values
Decoration C: Constructive values
Temper D: Destructive values
Commonweal C: Constructive values
Naughtiness D: Destructive values
Credit C: Constructive values
Prohibition D: Destructive values
Sedition D: Destructive values
Burglary D: Destructive values
Wisdom C: Constructive values
Ancestry-Posterity P: Value polarities
Depredation D: Destructive values
Abjection D: Destructive values
Fatigue D: Destructive values
Bawdiness D: Destructive values