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
Venerableness C: Constructive values
Self-preservation C: Constructive values
Madness D: Destructive values
Kidnapping D: Destructive values
Trickery D: Destructive values
Accomplishment C: Constructive values
Dumbness D: Destructive values
Want D: Destructive values
Selfactualization-Neurosis P: Value polarities
Exiguity D: Destructive values
Collision D: Destructive values
Observance C: Constructive values
Prolonged D: Destructive values
Abscond D: Destructive values
Erudition C: Constructive values
Torts D: Destructive values
Clandestine D: Destructive values
Obseqiousness D: Destructive values
Tenuousness D: Destructive values
Impersonation D: Destructive values
Nonacceptance D: Destructive values
Steadfastness C: Constructive values
Withering D: Destructive values
Self-assurance C: Constructive values
Piracy D: Destructive values
Life*complex T: Value clusters
Trafficking D: Destructive values
Sedition D: Destructive values
Irreversibility D: Destructive values
Affability C: Constructive values
Enmity D: Destructive values
Paternity C: Constructive values
Insult D: Destructive values
Covert D: Destructive values
Nervousness D: Destructive values
Disinterest D: Destructive values
Feeling C: Constructive values
Suspect D: Destructive values
Appeasement C: Constructive values
Bureaucratic D: Destructive values
Veritableness C: Constructive values
Delectableness C: Constructive values
Coarseness D: Destructive values
Forbearance C: Constructive values
Frightfulness D: Destructive values
Genuineness C: Constructive values
Conduct C: Constructive values
Untrue D: Destructive values
Totalitarian D: Destructive values
Underachievement D: Destructive values

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