Counter Position- Episode 309- Heeeeeee’s Back! Andrew Returns from His Hiatus with More Ranting, Musing, and Everything You LoveIn this episode Andrew returns from his break from the show, explains why he took an unplanned hiatus, and gives a forecast for his media endeavors going forward. Then, Andrew tells the story of his friend Mike’s untimely death, his experience of that, the timely blessing that came from this tragedy, and what that all means for him and his project Calix, followed by the story of a FB dust up, a commercial for Disarming Beauty by Fr. Julian Carron with a key idea contained within, his history as the fat guy and a new diet, and finally a rant about people taking too long in the confessional. Plus, so much more!
In this early morning episode a tired and somewhat punchy Andrew, after the recap of an uneasy weekend, a random scripture meditation on digging, TACers at mass, messing with Duckie about music, a dude watching Youtube on speaker while Andrew tries to eat epic brisket, and FrOLo from HoProMoGo rocks a Theology on Tap. Then, he turns to several sides of the Syria strike and declares “Socratic wisdom” on it, since he knows nothing and knows that he knows nothing. After a bit more political commentary, Andrew returns to his rumination and how shocked his at how not shocked he is and how little he is moved by the bombings in Coptic Churches in Egypt over the weekend and considers whether media is killing our/his reaction. Finally, after an exploration of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Andrew comes to a blinding flash of the obvious that what Plato was using as a metaphor for our relationship to the world of sense experience is our reality now. We in modern society are collectively epitomized by the teenage boy, underground, in the dark, staring at a screen, confusing video games or porn for real life, and in need of being pulled up and into the light…just to get back to the “Cave” Plato is talking about!! He ends with a quick reflection on Palm Sunday and that how those same people that greeted Jesus as a king with the palms were the same people yelling for him to be killed, and that we do the exact same thing all the time.
In this landmark 300th episode, Andrew sits down digitally with his friend Michael Miley, drummer of the band Rival Sons, via the new tool for interviews at Ringr.com. Ringr opens a whole new world of distance interviews for Andrew, since he’s an tech moron and could never figure out the Skype hacks. Watch for way more interviews with super interesting people from inside and outside the Catholic world. In this conversation Andrew and Michael talk about the weather in Ventura County, Rival Sons new major label record deal, the new Rival Sons tour event Teatro Fiasco, our true vocation, utilitarianism, Karol Wojtyla, Viktor Frankl, and so much more.
“The Counter Position” is a new show by Andrew Whaley, founder of the apostolate Calix. Andrew brings his unique take on things from over 20 years of studying philosophy, theology, art, business, and design while processing those ideas daily over the bar in his coffeehouses with people of all walks of life, most of them being the unchurched/dechurched. Feverishly interested in everything, Andrew covers a wide array of topics, spiritual and otherwise, with his hallmark brand of edgy self-deprecating humor, intellectual speculation, and deep wonder. Interviews range from major Catholic figures and intellectuals to interesting characters with good story or an insight to bring. So, if you’re interested in a new form of Catholic radio, buckle up and tune in.