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
Prodigality D: Destructive values
Immodesty D: Destructive values
Love-Hate P: Value polarities
Undirected D: Destructive values
Deliberateness C: Constructive values
Interaction*complex T: Value clusters
Carefulness-Neglect P: Value polarities
Loss D: Destructive values
Hysteria D: Destructive values
Strictness C: Constructive values
Constraint D: Destructive values
Eventuation-Imminence P: Value polarities
Malevolence D: Destructive values
Willfulness D: Destructive values
Unengaging D: Destructive values
Difference D: Destructive values
Insobriety D: Destructive values
Hallucination D: Destructive values
Veritableness C: Constructive values
Unsolicited D: Destructive values
Unacceptable D: Destructive values
Dryness D: Destructive values
Overreligiousness D: Destructive values
Education C: Constructive values
Imminence C: Constructive values
Obnoxious D: Destructive values
Levity D: Destructive values
Unworkable D: Destructive values
Distortion D: Destructive values
Foreign D: Destructive values
Uncritical D: Destructive values
Infliction D: Destructive values
Extrajudicial D: Destructive values
Overspacing D: Destructive values
Inconsiderateness D: Destructive values
Unobtrusiveness C: Constructive values
Renunciation C: Constructive values
Intoxication D: Destructive values
Libel D: Destructive values
Execration D: Destructive values
Vagueness D: Destructive values
Soundness C: Constructive values
Faddish D: Destructive values
Diabolic D: Destructive values
Nuisance D: Destructive values
Impoverishment D: Destructive values
Cleanliness C: Constructive values
Piety C: Constructive values
Opportunity C: Constructive values
Liberality C: Constructive values

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