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
Harmlessness C: Constructive values
Unenticing D: Destructive values
Fellowship C: Constructive values
Empowerment C: Constructive values
Eminence C: Constructive values
Overstated D: Destructive values
Wantonness D: Destructive values
Tangibility-Intangibility P: Value polarities
Tolerance C: Constructive values
Combativeness D: Destructive values
Aggrandizement C: Constructive values
Unacceptable D: Destructive values
Reduction D: Destructive values
Eventuation-Imminence P: Value polarities
Restriction D: Destructive values
Efficiency C: Constructive values
Salubrity C: Constructive values
Unsophistication D: Destructive values
Witlessness D: Destructive values
Acuity C: Constructive values
Esprit C: Constructive values
Uninitiated D: Destructive values
Debacle D: Destructive values
Pathologies D: Destructive values
Insincerity D: Destructive values
Complicity D: Destructive values
Elan C: Constructive values
Appropriateness C: Constructive values
Disobedience D: Destructive values
Altruism C: Constructive values
Self-help C: Constructive values
Circumscription-Intrusion P: Value polarities
Availability C: Constructive values
Attainment C: Constructive values
Discrimination D: Destructive values
Assembly C: Constructive values
Trespass D: Destructive values
Unenforced D: Destructive values
Enforcement D: Destructive values
Motivation-Dissuasion P: Value polarities
Overcapacity D: Destructive values
Taste C: Constructive values
Incorrectness D: Destructive values
Barrenness D: Destructive values
Want D: Destructive values
Envy D: Destructive values
Elation C: Constructive values
Fecundity C: Constructive values
Demagoguery D: Destructive values
Misperception D: Destructive values