Tom Britton

Director, Teacher, Language School
Caceres, Spain

About Tom

Bio

Most things are not as they seem and there are few people in the world who can accurately judge on first appearances alone.

Languages

English, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language, Theatre

An idea worth spreading

So much of what we do is based on two elements: our ego and our fear of death. We nourish our egos and much of what we do is for the benefit of an audience. How we choose our careers, how we dress, how we sit (even when we are on our own and often imagine a person by our side) is often affected by our ego. Our fear of death gives us the impulse to brand routine into our lives in order to try to endow meaning into our existences, knowing that there is no meaning. It also pushes us to extremes, such as base jumping, sky-diving or even a simple rollercoaster or horror movie in order to dumb down our fear of death and laugh in its face.

I'm passionate about

Reading between the lines, avoiding stereotypes, judging whollistically, forgiveness, learning, equality, nature, growth, human behaviour.

Talk to me about

Anything

People don't know I'm good at

adapting

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Tom Britton
Posted about 1 year ago
Jamila Lyiscott: 3 ways to speak English
So well said! Street talk, racial talk, articulate talk, call it whatever you want, there's nothing inarticulate about it and the misconceptions bug me! It's the difference between Descriptive and Prescriptive and as a language teacher, I can say that each vein of thought has it's place. If someone is articulate then they're articulate and that's that. As a Brit, I can't say I agree with the "we sound inarticulate to the British" remark. TED is a testament to American presentation skills and expression. Long live the ever-changing bending of language and all the new ideas and feelings it represents.
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Tom Britton
Posted about 1 year ago
Amy Webb: How I hacked online dating
A lot of humour in there, but I find myself laughing at her, not with her. It seems to have taken her a hell of a long time to develop even the most very basic of common sense. So Japanese and Java make you intelligent..? Right.. I wouldn't have much of a complaint about this speech if it weren't for the fact that it was at times sickeningly cold and arrogant and she didn't even seem to grasp it, not to mention the fact that she's xenophob...ish
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Tom Britton
Posted over 1 year ago
Shereen El Feki: A little-told tale of sex and sensuality
All the parents I know who have homosexual children couldn´t care less about their child´s sexuality. One of them even threw a coming out party for them. As for religion, the biggest and most powerful religion contains no God. It is the blind unquestioning faith in the monetary system created by decades of social engineering. People may not consider this a religion, but the systems are exactly the same and the scale is unfathomably bigger.
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Tom Britton
Posted over 1 year ago
Mandatory Monthly Drug Testing for all Government Leaders and Personnel
Hi Martin. Is the last sentence in your intro' serious or is it supposed to be ironic? Personally, I think that subjecting our leaders and law enforcement agents to surprise drug tests would be a hilarious endeavour. A great idea worth sharing. As for the war on drugs.. There is no war on drugs. Or if the American govt' is waging it, it's in interest of cultivating and selling it, not preventing it. Since the American lead invasion of Afganistan, crops producing heroin have risen, not fallen. The C.I.A are pushers. Get real.
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Tom Britton
Posted over 1 year ago
Responsibility, the missing link to progress
I agree that "If you want change, simply change your buying habits", and that taking this kind of personal responsibility would change the world. But there is a flaw in the capitalist supply and demand dream. I´m told over and over again "Americans don´t buy bad products", or any other nationality for that matter. What is it that makes a product bad? Is an iphone bad? It´s clearly a great product.. but it is just another Congo basher. Shards of diamonds are used in their phones and Apple is dependant on the Congo being in a constant state of turmoil to supply us with those phones parts. So Apple is clearly a... terrible product. Transparency is also a massive problem, not just responsibility. People just don´t know these things so they´ll just keep on buying it. So, I think the problem is far bigger than responsibility, I think it is systematic. America, just like anywhere else with a privatised central bank, is a corpocracy.