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
Protest D: Destructive values
Skilfulness-Unskilfulness P: Value polarities
Life-Death P: Value polarities
Self-confidence C: Constructive values
Inaptitude D: Destructive values
Helpfulness C: Constructive values
Defamation D: Destructive values
Unresolved D: Destructive values
Dread D: Destructive values
Amicability C: Constructive values
Perspective C: Constructive values
Unenticing D: Destructive values
Conspicuous D: Destructive values
Exquisiteness C: Constructive values
Untouchable D: Destructive values
Futility D: Destructive values
Dispossession D: Destructive values
Overcapacity D: Destructive values
Plutocracy D: Destructive values
Uninvestigated D: Destructive values
Extortion D: Destructive values
Corruption D: Destructive values
Confidence C: Constructive values
Confusion D: Destructive values
Altruism C: Constructive values
Truth C: Constructive values
Expansion C: Constructive values
Irreproachability C: Constructive values
Stainlessness C: Constructive values
Misbehaviour D: Destructive values
Caution C: Constructive values
Naïvety D: Destructive values
Self-direction C: Constructive values
Misunderstanding D: Destructive values
Vileness D: Destructive values
Narrow D: Destructive values
Appreciation C: Constructive values
Obstinacy D: Destructive values
Spotlessness C: Constructive values
Longanimity C: Constructive values
Depression D: Destructive values
Affirmation-Denial P: Value polarities
Lethal D: Destructive values
Underprivileged D: Destructive values
Imperviousness D: Destructive values
Inspiration C: Constructive values
Vindictive D: Destructive values
Inconclusiveness D: Destructive values
Fundamentalism D: Destructive values