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
Allurement C: Constructive values
Narcissism D: Destructive values
Unfit D: Destructive values
Proliferation D: Destructive values
Meticulousness C: Constructive values
Initiative C: Constructive values
Makeshift D: Destructive values
Action C: Constructive values
Irrelevance D: Destructive values
Contempt D: Destructive values
Powerlessness D: Destructive values
Tortuousness D: Destructive values
Overbearing D: Destructive values
Feebleness D: Destructive values
Horribleness D: Destructive values
Unenterprising D: Destructive values
Cheat D: Destructive values
Manageability C: Constructive values
Amusement-Boredom P: Value polarities
Inquisition D: Destructive values
Bribery D: Destructive values
Mystification D: Destructive values
Swiftness-Slowness P: Value polarities
Self-government C: Constructive values
Benediction C: Constructive values
Suspect D: Destructive values
Slant D: Destructive values
Distaste D: Destructive values
Carnality D: Destructive values
Oligarchy D: Destructive values
Unsuccessful D: Destructive values
Stimulation C: Constructive values
Suppression D: Destructive values
Untimely D: Destructive values
Hegemony D: Destructive values
Stainlessness C: Constructive values
Strangeness D: Destructive values
Gratitude-Ingratitude P: Value polarities
Dislike D: Destructive values
Practised C: Constructive values
Conception C: Constructive values
Fundamentalism D: Destructive values
Infallibility C: Constructive values
Despotism D: Destructive values
Self-restraint C: Constructive values
Vitiation D: Destructive values
Unpretention C: Constructive values
Enslavement D: Destructive values
Superficiality D: Destructive values
Vagueness D: Destructive values

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