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
Overregulated D: Destructive values
Nonvalidity D: Destructive values
Alacrity C: Constructive values
Obstruction D: Destructive values
Unperceived D: Destructive values
Harassment D: Destructive values
Proliferation D: Destructive values
Undernourished D: Destructive values
Causation*complex T: Value clusters
Thwarted D: Destructive values
Disenchantment D: Destructive values
Cleanness-Uncleanness P: Value polarities
Badness D: Destructive values
Indocility D: Destructive values
Luxury C: Constructive values
Seduction D: Destructive values
Noninclusive D: Destructive values
Synthesis C: Constructive values
Foreign D: Destructive values
Attraction C: Constructive values
Tampering D: Destructive values
Courage C: Constructive values
Exceptionalism D: Destructive values
Rarity D: Destructive values
Evolution-Revolution P: Value polarities
Indolence D: Destructive values
Directness C: Constructive values
Indecency D: Destructive values
Solidity C: Constructive values
Productiveness-Unproductiveness P: Value polarities
Excitement C: Constructive values
Pathogens D: Destructive values
Pacifism C: Constructive values
Reception-Ejection P: Value polarities
Unpromoted D: Destructive values
Comprehension C: Constructive values
Unworthy D: Destructive values
Suffering D: Destructive values
Scoundrel D: Destructive values
Nonuniformity D: Destructive values
Affinity C: Constructive values
Limitlessness C: Constructive values
Rising D: Destructive values
Godliness C: Constructive values
Misinformation D: Destructive values
Overdiversification D: Destructive values
Differentiation C: Constructive values
Curtness D: Destructive values
Haphazardness D: Destructive values
Betrayal D: Destructive values

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