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
Proneness D: Destructive values
Hardiness C: Constructive values
Conscience C: Constructive values
Groveling D: Destructive values
Meritocracy D: Destructive values
Unstandardized D: Destructive values
Deterioration D: Destructive values
Contentment-Discontentment P: Value polarities
Motive C: Constructive values
Unfruitful D: Destructive values
Overcommitment D: Destructive values
Departure D: Destructive values
Asceticism C: Constructive values
Incivility D: Destructive values
Idiosyncracy D: Destructive values
Conviction C: Constructive values
Characterlessness D: Destructive values
Vehemence D: Destructive values
Default D: Destructive values
Benignity C: Constructive values
Messiness D: Destructive values
Uncompensated D: Destructive values
Universality C: Constructive values
Sportsmanship C: Constructive values
Flout D: Destructive values
Relative motion*complex T: Value clusters
Unilateralism D: Destructive values
Renunciation C: Constructive values
Dualism D: Destructive values
Remoteness D: Destructive values
Narrowmindedness D: Destructive values
Synthesis C: Constructive values
Unthrifty D: Destructive values
Infertility D: Destructive values
Morbidity D: Destructive values
Guilt D: Destructive values
Retribution D: Destructive values
Unrecorded D: Destructive values
Emancipation C: Constructive values
Respect-Disrespect P: Value polarities
Unconsensed D: Destructive values
Deification C: Constructive values
Ill D: Destructive values
Trafficking D: Destructive values
Undignified D: Destructive values
Unmarried D: Destructive values
Inarticulate D: Destructive values
Disharmony D: Destructive values
Reasonableness C: Constructive values
Undercapacity D: Destructive values

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