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
Makeshift D: Destructive values
Imprudence D: Destructive values
Suspect D: Destructive values
Ecstasy C: Constructive values
Delerium D: Destructive values
Hastiness D: Destructive values
Lucklessness D: Destructive values
Spineless D: Destructive values
Illumination C: Constructive values
Underhanded D: Destructive values
Rectitude C: Constructive values
Benediction C: Constructive values
Attraction C: Constructive values
Wonder-Unastonishment P: Value polarities
Transcendence C: Constructive values
Pretentiousness D: Destructive values
Controversy D: Destructive values
Decay D: Destructive values
Responsiveness C: Constructive values
Unresearched D: Destructive values
Numbness D: Destructive values
Preparedness C: Constructive values
Sensation C: Constructive values
One-sided D: Destructive values
Trafficking D: Destructive values
Filth D: Destructive values
Validity C: Constructive values
Nebulous D: Destructive values
Style C: Constructive values
Uncreative D: Destructive values
Unclaimed D: Destructive values
Annoyance D: Destructive values
Intensity C: Constructive values
Discord D: Destructive values
Approbation C: Constructive values
Underemployment D: Destructive values
Usefulness C: Constructive values
Opening-Closure P: Value polarities
Uncommunicativeness D: Destructive values
Ancestry-Posterity P: Value polarities
Blockage D: Destructive values
Appeal C: Constructive values
Tenderness C: Constructive values
Inability D: Destructive values
Conservation C: Constructive values
Slaughter D: Destructive values
Disagreeableness D: Destructive values
Uncultured D: Destructive values
Naughtiness D: Destructive values
Naïvety D: Destructive values

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