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
Sensationalism D: Destructive values
Hesitation D: Destructive values
Alarming D: Destructive values
Dilution D: Destructive values
Elitism D: Destructive values
Levity D: Destructive values
Stupidity D: Destructive values
Fatalism D: Destructive values
Undivided C: Constructive values
Recognition C: Constructive values
Prudence C: Constructive values
Overwhelming D: Destructive values
Patronization D: Destructive values
Hatred D: Destructive values
Optimism C: Constructive values
Inadvisability D: Destructive values
Malingering D: Destructive values
Advancement C: Constructive values
Dismay D: Destructive values
One-sided D: Destructive values
Racism D: Destructive values
Unengaging D: Destructive values
Gracefulness C: Constructive values
Erudition C: Constructive values
Eccentricity D: Destructive values
Deference C: Constructive values
Oversensitiveness D: Destructive values
Objectionable D: Destructive values
Proximity C: Constructive values
Vantage C: Constructive values
Imbalance D: Destructive values
Accomplishment C: Constructive values
Allegiance C: Constructive values
Lightness C: Constructive values
Amity C: Constructive values
Legality-Illegality P: Value polarities
Technocracy D: Destructive values
Kindness-Unkindness P: Value polarities
Devotion C: Constructive values
Conquest C: Constructive values
Completion C: Constructive values
Menial D: Destructive values
Brightness C: Constructive values
Infestation D: Destructive values
Doped D: Destructive values
Intellectuality C: Constructive values
Audibility-Inaudibility P: Value polarities
Unapplied D: Destructive values
Overeffective D: Destructive values
Lethal D: Destructive values

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