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
Conditionality D: Destructive values
Expedience C: Constructive values
Esprit C: Constructive values
Vision C: Constructive values
Acquiescence C: Constructive values
Excitement C: Constructive values
Laziness D: Destructive values
Truculence D: Destructive values
Home C: Constructive values
Respect C: Constructive values
Wound D: Destructive values
Misrule D: Destructive values
Immensity C: Constructive values
Hunted D: Destructive values
Differentiation C: Constructive values
Ill-fated D: Destructive values
Unsanctity D: Destructive values
Incorrigibility D: Destructive values
Churlishness D: Destructive values
Heritage C: Constructive values
Cowardice D: Destructive values
Youth-Age P: Value polarities
Unworthy D: Destructive values
Observance-Nonobservance P: Value polarities
Inexperience D: Destructive values
Eclecticism C: Constructive values
Toilsomeness D: Destructive values
Atonement-Punishment P: Value polarities
Concupiscence D: Destructive values
Assault D: Destructive values
Fornication D: Destructive values
Interest C: Constructive values
Self-denial C: Constructive values
Charm C: Constructive values
Scoundrel D: Destructive values
Abstinence C: Constructive values
Nonadherence D: Destructive values
Application C: Constructive values
Inbreeding D: Destructive values
Dissolution D: Destructive values
Quintessence C: Constructive values
Underexposure D: Destructive values
Education-Miseducation P: Value polarities
Violence D: Destructive values
Unevaluated D: Destructive values
Establishment C: Constructive values
Decorum C: Constructive values
Torture D: Destructive values
Unreality D: Destructive values
Relentlessness D: Destructive values