Supreme Values ​​Catalogue

Each of the supreme values:
- can be an ultimate goal and meaning of human life;
- is a dominance, around which some worldview-historical tradition was formed;
- reflects a certain dimension of being and a certain aspect of personality;
- sets a worldview, but does not result from a preset worldview;
- sets an evaluative scale within which you can evaluate any phenomenon or behavior;
- retains its importance in all circumstances;
- can be projected into eternity.

1. Complementary Higher Values
These values may be in situational contradictions with each other, but in general they contribute to the implementation of each other, and they complement each other strategically.

Health
General definition: remoteness from death.
Semantic field: self-preservation, survival, life, vigor, energy, longevity.
Opposite: disease.
Extreme points of the scale: eternal youth — death.
Counterpart in psychology: zest for life (joie de vivre).
Counterpart in Indian culture: ayush (life, आयु).
Counterpart in Chinese culture: kangning (physical and mental health, 康寧), shou (longevity, 壽), xian (immortality, 仙).
Counterpart in worldview-history: as a value dominates in Taoism.

Control
General definition: ability to manage circumstances in strict accordance with a plan.
Semantic field: benefit, utility, wealth, power, strength, freedom, domination, power.
Opposite: helplessness.
Extreme points of the scale: absolute power — slavery.
Counterpart in psychology: a sense of control.
Counterpart in Indian culture: artha (means of life, अर्थ).
Counterpart in Chinese culture: fu (wealth, 富), gui (official career, 貴), li (benefit, 利).
Counterpart in worldview-history: as a value dominates in Materialism.

Social harmony
General definition: mutual concord with others.
Semantic field: mutual sympathy, mutual understanding, unanimity, congruence, conformity, tact, ceremoniousness, good fame.
Opposite: disharmony.
Extreme points of the scale: cosmic order — chaos.
Counterpart in psychology: rapport.
Counterpart in Indian culture: yazas, yashas (honor, यशस्).
Counterpart in Chinese culture: shu (reciprocity, 恕), li (order, 理), li (decency, 礼), da tong (great unity, 大同).
Counterpart in worldview-history: as a value dominates in Confucianism.

Freedom from addictions
General definition: overcoming painful dependence on anything.
Semantic field: tranquility, serenity, detachment, passionlessness, freedom from suffering.
Opposite: enslavement and dazzlement by desires.
Extreme points of the scale: nirvana — unquenchable thirst.
Counterpart in psychology: calm.
Counterpart in Indian culture: nirvana (निर्वाण), bodhi (बोधि).
Counterpart in Chinese culture: niè-pán (涅槃).
Counterpart in worldview-history: as a value dominates in Buddhism.

Prosperity of a family
General definition: being encircled by one’s own kin.
Semantic field: reproduction, domesticity, clannishness, multiplicity of kindred, folk flourishing, union with the whole being.
The opposite: loneliness.
Extreme points of the scale: unity with all things — complete alienation.
Counterpart in psychology: feeling oneself as a part of the whole (participation, oceanic feeling).
Counterpart in Indian culture: moksha (मोक्ष), tat tvam asi (thou art that, तत्त्वमसि).
Counterpart in Chinese culture: zi sun chung (many sons and grandchildren, 子孫眾多).
Counterpart in worldview-history: as a value dominates in all forms of vernacular religions.

Knowledge
General definition: the pursuit of knowledge for the sake of knowledge itself, and not for the sake of something else.
Semantic field: curiosity, desire for newness, research interest, impartiality, doubt.
Opposite: ignorance.
The extreme points of the scale: absolute truth — delusion.
Counterpart in psychology: awareness.
Counterpart in Indian culture: jnana (knowledge, ज्ञान), satya (truth, सत्य).
Counterpart in Chinese culture: zhi (knowledge, 知), di (truth, 諦).
Counterpart in worldview-history: as a value dominates in Skepticism.

Pleasure
General definition: any agreeable sensations.
Semantic field: delight, contentment, enjoyment, fun, euphoria.
The opposite: discontent.
Extreme points of the scale: bliss — anguish.
Counterpart in psychology: pleasure.
Counterpart in Indian culture: kama (passion, काम).
Counterpart in Chinese culture: si (joy, 喜), feng liu (wind and flow, 風流).
Counterpart in worldview-history: as a value dominates in Hedonism.

Self-realization
General definition: inspired help to others.
Semantic field: active love, vocation, favorite occupation, diligence, enthusiasm.
The opposite: vacancy.
Extreme points of the scale: eternal inspiration — aversion to everything.
Counterpart in psychology: flow.
Counterpart in Indian culture: dharma (duty, धर्म).
Counterpart in Chinese culture: ren (philanthropy, 仁), li ai (love that bears favor, 利愛).
Counterpart in worldview-history: as a value dominates in Christianity.

Dignity
General definition: the refusal to endow the imperfect with the rights that only an all-perfect being can possess.
Semantic field: inflexibility, immovability, perseverance, steadfastness, monotheism, non-fussiness.
Opposite: groveling.
The extreme points of the scale: disregard of all idols — idolatry.
Counterpart in psychology: self-esteem.
Counterpart in Indian culture: ishvara-pranidhana (surrender to God, ईश्वरप्रणिधान), nirguna bhakti (devotion beyond images, भक्ति).
Counterpart in Chinese culture: junzi (lording master, 君子).
Counterpart in worldview-history: as a value dominates in Islam.

2. Borderline supreme values
These values may not only enter into situational contradictions with others, but in general they may not contribute to the realization of other higher values.

Victory
General definition: the suppression of any hostile actions.
Semantic field: dominance, preponderance, triumph, prevailment, success in a struggle, rout of the enemy.
Opposite: defeat.
Extreme points of the scale: the destruction of the enemy — the victory of the enemy.
Counterpart in psychology: a sense of superiority.
Counterpart in Indian culture: vijaya (विजया).
Counterpart in Chinese culture: shèng lì (胜利).
Counterpart in worldview-history: as a value dominates in Zoroastrianism.

Peace
General definition: the complete absence of any anger and desire to harm anyone.
Semantic field: non-violence, quietude, silence, benevolence, goodwill, tranquillity.
The opposite: violence.
Extreme points of the scale: war against all — friendliness to all.
Counterpart in psychology: the absence of aggression.
Counterpart in Indian culture: ayoga kevali (silent omniscience, अयोग).
Counterpart in Chinese culture: an le (calm and joy, 安樂).
Counterpart in worldview-history: as a value dominates in Jainism.

Reflection
General definition: disengaging oneself from all existing values.
Semantic field: self-awareness, critical thinking, wisdom, meditation, creative search.
The opposite: narrow-mindedness.
The extreme points of the scale: going beyond the usual — automatism.
Counterpart in psychology: introspection.
Counterpart in Indian culture: prajna (super-comprehension, प्रज्ञ).
Counterpart in Chinese culture: zhi (cunning, 智), sheng (perfect wisdom, 聖).
Counterpart in worldview-history: as a value dominates in Philosophy as a specific lifestyle.

3. Non-complementary supreme value
This value may situationally contribute to the implementation of other higher values, but in general it contradicts them, eliminates their implementation.

Non-existence
General definition: elimination of the very possibility of any perceptions.
Semantic field: annihilation, ruin, death, extermination, destruction, decay, disappearance, emptiness.
The opposite: life.
Extreme points of the scale: nothing — a whirlwind of being.
Counterpart in psychology: oblivion.
Counterpart in Indian culture: samhara (annihilation, संहार), pralaya (dissolution, प्रलय), bhedika (destruction, भेदिका).
Counterpart in Chinese culture: wu wu (absence of absence, 無無).
Counterpart in worldview-history: as a value dominates in Nihilism.

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