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
Mendicancy D: Destructive values
Inventiveness C: Constructive values
Spasmodicness D: Destructive values
Proximity C: Constructive values
Propaganda D: Destructive values
Unconstrained D: Destructive values
Decay D: Destructive values
Deficiency D: Destructive values
Emancipation C: Constructive values
Decadence D: Destructive values
Brutality D: Destructive values
Underdevelopment D: Destructive values
Insolence D: Destructive values
Masculinity-Femininity P: Value polarities
Callousness D: Destructive values
Favour C: Constructive values
Leak D: Destructive values
Wrangle D: Destructive values
Energy-Moderation P: Value polarities
Elaborateness D: Destructive values
Advancement C: Constructive values
Stall D: Destructive values
Unmindfulness D: Destructive values
Shiftlessness D: Destructive values
Entrenchment D: Destructive values
Uncompromising D: Destructive values
Adventure C: Constructive values
Uncertainty D: Destructive values
Cheapness C: Constructive values
Likable C: Constructive values
Gentility C: Constructive values
Distress D: Destructive values
Adroitness C: Constructive values
Hardness D: Destructive values
Friendless D: Destructive values
Conformism D: Destructive values
Existence*complex T: Value clusters
Repression D: Destructive values
Bewilderment D: Destructive values
Unregistered D: Destructive values
Jeopardy D: Destructive values
Uncohesive D: Destructive values
Naturalness C: Constructive values
Dislocation D: Destructive values
Inadmissability D: Destructive values
Awkwardness D: Destructive values
Bureaucratic D: Destructive values
Leadership C: Constructive values
Hideousness D: Destructive values
Murder D: Destructive values

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