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
Foulness D: Destructive values
Evenness C: Constructive values
Opportunity C: Constructive values
Interference D: Destructive values
Stiffness D: Destructive values
Omnipresence C: Constructive values
Lowness D: Destructive values
Adventure C: Constructive values
Overcareful D: Destructive values
Disesteem D: Destructive values
Scepticism D: Destructive values
Willingness-Unwillingness P: Value polarities
Accomplishment-Nonaccomplishment P: Value polarities
Worry D: Destructive values
Joyfulness C: Constructive values
Indecency D: Destructive values
Meaning*complex T: Value clusters
Stuffiness D: Destructive values
Goodness-Badness P: Value polarities
Bloodlust D: Destructive values
Emissions D: Destructive values
Menace D: Destructive values
Honesty C: Constructive values
Forgiveness C: Constructive values
Heathen D: Destructive values
Impoliteness D: Destructive values
Capability C: Constructive values
Thriftlessness D: Destructive values
Undisciplined D: Destructive values
Betterment C: Constructive values
Expeditious C: Constructive values
Amity C: Constructive values
Blunder D: Destructive values
Provocation D: Destructive values
Increase D: Destructive values
Culmination C: Constructive values
Involuntary D: Destructive values
Characterlessness D: Destructive values
Discrimination D: Destructive values
Advancement C: Constructive values
Stimulation C: Constructive values
Holism C: Constructive values
Debauchery D: Destructive values
Disconsolation D: Destructive values
Sacrifice D: Destructive values
Completeness-Incompleteness P: Value polarities
Overriding D: Destructive values
Nagging D: Destructive values
Boredom D: Destructive values
Miscarriage D: Destructive values

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