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
Upheaval D: Destructive values
Rights C: Constructive values
Obstruction D: Destructive values
Enthusiasm C: Constructive values
Unexplained D: Destructive values
Elegance-Inelegance P: Value polarities
Misallocation D: Destructive values
Submission C: Constructive values
Structure*complex T: Value clusters
Injustice D: Destructive values
Departure D: Destructive values
Concurrence-Counteraction P: Value polarities
Downgrading D: Destructive values
Inflammation D: Destructive values
Discrimination D: Destructive values
Unshriven D: Destructive values
Capability C: Constructive values
Calumny D: Destructive values
Sparsity D: Destructive values
Overstimulating D: Destructive values
Self-government C: Constructive values
Overefficient D: Destructive values
Paralysis D: Destructive values
Greed D: Destructive values
Promiscuity D: Destructive values
Cosmopolitan C: Constructive values
Unpunctuality D: Destructive values
Contagious D: Destructive values
Slaughter D: Destructive values
Regularity-Irregularity P: Value polarities
Covetousness D: Destructive values
Union C: Constructive values
Short-range D: Destructive values
Quietude C: Constructive values
Polarization D: Destructive values
Constancy C: Constructive values
Privation D: Destructive values
Alertness C: Constructive values
Overcapacity D: Destructive values
Extravagance D: Destructive values
Endowment C: Constructive values
Involuntary D: Destructive values
Disharmony D: Destructive values
Hopelessness D: Destructive values
Perplexity D: Destructive values
Virginity C: Constructive values
Requisitioning D: Destructive values
Power-Impotence P: Value polarities
Frailty D: Destructive values
Unrehabilitated D: Destructive values

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