What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos


Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers


Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge


Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more

Why No One Can Shatter Your Moral Compass

July 8, 2013, 10:41 AM

One factor that is involved in resilience is having a moral compass, a set of beliefs that few things can shatter.  For example, if you've been physically or sexually abused it's not about you, and that abuse should not take away who you are inside.  Those moral beliefs are all about you and nobody can take that away.  That's an important component of resilience. 

I heard that over and over again whether somebody was a POW or a victim of physical or sexual abuse or they were the victim of a natural disaster or a crime victim.  When you have a set of beliefs that few things can shatter that really helps you become a more resilient person. 

Related to that is religion and spirituality.  For some people, not everybody, religion can be very helpful and we found that in a number of individuals that praying every day was helpful to them and others it wasn't. But if somebody is religious and they're going through a tough time I encourage them to make use of that.

Then for other people a more general spirituality that kind of relates to a moral compass was also found to be helpful, so those are important factors: moral compass, spirituality and in some patients, some individuals, religion.  

In Their Own Words is recorded in Big Think's studio.

Image courtesy fo Shutterstock 


Why No One Can Shatter Your...

Newsletter: Share: