#TheCounterPosition Episode 196 - More Episode 200 teasing, Warming Ourselves at the Dumpster Fire, Wojtyla on Cultural Resistance in the Face of Meaningless Darkness, and Wine, Tri-tip, Plato
#TheCounterPosition Episode 196 - More Episode 200 teasing, Warming Ourselves at the Dumpster Fire, Wojtyla on Cultural Resistance in the Face of Meaningless Darkness, and Wine, Tri-tip, Plato, & Martyrdom
In this episode, a frustrated distraught Andrew, after leaking more possibilities about what’s up his sleeve for Episode 200, explores how to talk about anything when the world is burning down around us, re-introduces the show to new listeners lest they think they are on the wrong channel, does a dark state of the way things are address, then looks at our response to violence and meaninglessness all around through the lens of Wojtyla’s cultural resistance to the Nazis, C.S. Lewis’ essay Learning in Wartime, and Dead Poet’s Society, then finally he proposes determining your ideal martyrdom as a good sign of what to do with your life, followed by Andrew’s description of his own entry in the new volume of Lives of the Saints if everything works out. And, as a bonus, a bat that swims.
#TheCounterPosition Episode 195 - Weekend Recap, Hate Will Keep Us Together, and Do You Want a Crusade? Because THIS is How You Get a Crusade
In this episode, after confiding that he is coming off a string of Murphy’s Law curses that afternoon that began with needing 10s and 5s for the cash register and ended with his Passat’s front end pulled off on a curb, Andrew talks about breaking and “Edge-y” cabernet, dousing Chris Stefanick’s kitchen with delicious swiney pepper spray, being upset with Captain Kirk for not kissing a perfectly cute alien girl, the journey of Aquaman from super cool to Little Mermaid and back to badass, how Bernie Sanders at the DNC is like the Sex Pistols doing an album of Christmas song covers, and finally how if we can’t be united by love maybe we can be united by hate. Then, Andrew talks about the ISIS killing of an 84 year old priest in France, puts this in context of the Crusades, and explores why the direction this is going will get America emotional and make a new Crusade happen if that’s what ISIS wants.
In this episode, after trying to talk about the end of manufacturing VCRs, the new show Stranger Things, and other trivial topics, Andrew gets frustrated, abandons his show plan, and talks from his heart about the rise of terrorism as the norm, how he is getting used to seeing a daily attack on TV, his frustration in trying to figure out the relation between normal mainstream Islam and the radical strain, how to fight a foe dispersed around the world with self radicalizing memes going around Twitter, and finally exploring how these young men, who recently were not particularly religious, are suddenly willing to kill and be killed, what that tells us, and whether or not that gives us some insight into what we are doing and how to reach these young men.
#TheCounterPosition Episode 193- Momentum & Happiness, A Perfect New Show, Distrust & Decision, and Commentary on the Republican Platform vs. Rolling Stone
In this episode Andrew explores a new brush with happiness, talks about the perfect new show Stranger Things, semi-proposes to Wynona Ryder, compares Trump support to Obama supporters never believing his stance on gay marriage, and then comments line by line through an article in Rolling Stone mocking the “WTF” positions of the Republican platform in true Counter Position muse and rant fashion.
In this episode, after recounting his first attempt at playing corn hole, Andrew gives his report on entering the crucible of hospitality that is the Golesh home, to bask in the flickering fire of a VHS tape, stuffing himself with tacos, and watching The Lion King for the first time. Then, he does the most belated and most serious commentary ever attempted on a Disney movie, exploring natural law vs. mad hunger, intimacy and sonship, the role of shame in isolating us, the forgetfulness of numbing to our past, the arousal and awakening by beauty, the mentor as one who leads us to the source of our identity, the recovery of nature, and the role of identity in our co-creation with God.
#TheCounterPosition Episode 191 - More Pokemon, Ignoring Zizek, and Regensburg, Bastille Day, and the Consequences of Ideas on Actions
In this episode, after some shout outs and the clarification of the official position of the Counter Position on Jennefir’s obsession with Pokemon and other related fake digital news, Andrew explores a new game of pretending you don’t know what someone is obsessed with as the key to everything based on an article about Ignoring Slavoj Zizek, what that has to do with his friend who is a Cistercian monk, and how to apply that to your Thomist friends. Then, after the frivolity, he gets down to talking about the tragedy in Nice, France, Pope B16’s Regensburg address, a father throwing his daughter off a bridge, late term abortion, and how all of these are instantiations of the same putting of false ideology in front of reality before making decisions on actions.
In this episode, after the sushi report, a rant about glasses, Bernie selling out, and being thankful that Trump didn’t choose Newt Gingrich so he can still like him, Andrew explores the recent phenomena of Pokemon Go. In the process he talks about, Atari, living in his mom’s basement vs. his mom’s loft, people being shocked by the public being in…well…public, the strategic use of Pokemon and pizza for evangelical ends, being bigger than Porn, digitization as the spiritualization of physical goods, fiat currency, and the Austrian’s strange love for putting piles of horseradish on things.
In this episode, after extolling the virtues of cold brew coffee, bragging about his vocabulary game score, and castigating those into Pokemon, Andrew revisits race a bit, gives Texas a huge high five based on the video going around of a BLM protest and counter-protest joining sides, then goes on to approve of the way President Obama handled the memorial service for the 5 slain Dallas officers. In the last two segments he switches gears and compares a great TEDx talk on leadership to the Herbert Alphonso SJ book called Discovering Your Personal Vocation, and while riffing back on forth on both of them, comes up with some new insight into the problem of God’s will.
#TheCounterPosition Episode 188- Time Alone, Happy Birthday to Brigid, and Personal Thoughts on Race in America
In this episode, after woefully overdue birthday shout out, a pitch for a friend’s book, and extolling the glories of having roommates out of town, Andrew dives into the dangerous area of race by telling very personal stories from his growing up in a small town, very beautiful human interactions he’s had over the years, and exploring the nature of police training vs. human nature under pressure. Then, he explores the philosophy of what unites us, talks about the error of elevating something non-essential to the level of essential and why that divides us, making things worse.
#TheCounterPosition Episode 187 - Lion Tacos, Hillary’s Server & Saddam’s Chair, and Boiling in the Pot of Simulation
In this episode artificially rested Andrew announces that his Lion King virginity now has an expiration date, compares Hillary Clintons server to Saddam Hussein’s chair, and then explores whether we are not creating a Matrix out of food pics and porn.
“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.