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
Wear D: Destructive values
Provocation D: Destructive values
Well-meaning C: Constructive values
Crowding D: Destructive values
Sensation-Insensibility P: Value polarities
Incongruity D: Destructive values
Readiness C: Constructive values
Action*complex T: Value clusters
Unneighbourliness D: Destructive values
Colonization D: Destructive values
Condolence C: Constructive values
Sexism D: Destructive values
Verbosity D: Destructive values
Overstated D: Destructive values
Enthusiasm C: Constructive values
Imminence C: Constructive values
Noncommunicable D: Destructive values
Intensity C: Constructive values
Fuss D: Destructive values
Inanity D: Destructive values
Clout C: Constructive values
Credulity D: Destructive values
Audibility-Inaudibility P: Value polarities
Randomness D: Destructive values
Variety C: Constructive values
Disorganization D: Destructive values
Loopholes D: Destructive values
Humaneness C: Constructive values
Scoundrel D: Destructive values
Unapplied D: Destructive values
Dangerous D: Destructive values
Harshness D: Destructive values
Unbridled D: Destructive values
Negligence D: Destructive values
Appropriateness C: Constructive values
Legality C: Constructive values
Distant D: Destructive values
Gladness C: Constructive values
Nonparticipatory D: Destructive values
Barbarity D: Destructive values
Conquest C: Constructive values
Irreversibility D: Destructive values
Lucidity C: Constructive values
Annulment D: Destructive values
Survival C: Constructive values
Unimproved D: Destructive values
Convertibility C: Constructive values
Residues D: Destructive values
Attainment C: Constructive values
Vandalism D: Destructive values

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