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
Spontaneity C: Constructive values
Contentment C: Constructive values
Weird D: Destructive values
Nearness-Distance P: Value polarities
Loathsomeness D: Destructive values
Absoluteness C: Constructive values
Underhanded D: Destructive values
Veracity C: Constructive values
Flaky D: Destructive values
Discredit D: Destructive values
Fight D: Destructive values
Truth C: Constructive values
Expectation-Inexpectation P: Value polarities
Felicity C: Constructive values
Suspicion D: Destructive values
Self-advancement C: Constructive values
Entertainment C: Constructive values
Plenitude C: Constructive values
Disempowerment D: Destructive values
Dissociation D: Destructive values
Inconsistency D: Destructive values
Edification C: Constructive values
Womanliness C: Constructive values
Muddle D: Destructive values
Individualism D: Destructive values
Renegade D: Destructive values
Littleness D: Destructive values
Monolithic D: Destructive values
Meaning-Meaninglessness P: Value polarities
Self-possession C: Constructive values
Ingenuousness C: Constructive values
Unevaluated D: Destructive values
Rejection D: Destructive values
Awe C: Constructive values
Deficiency D: Destructive values
Rightness C: Constructive values
Ingenuity C: Constructive values
Materiality-Immateriality P: Value polarities
Untenable D: Destructive values
Reversion D: Destructive values
Addled D: Destructive values
Craving D: Destructive values
Unenticing D: Destructive values
Melancholy D: Destructive values
Abhorrence D: Destructive values
Unrepentant D: Destructive values
Endearment C: Constructive values
Snub D: Destructive values
Inspiration C: Constructive values