In this episode Andrew explores the issue of loneliness through the lens of addiction, neurogenesis, and studies on genes and their influence on inflammation in the presence of loneliness. Then, he puts this in the context of the fact the human person is built for love, that is to love and to be loved, explores what loneliness is, what it is not, it’s relationship to solitude or being in a crowed, and finally muses a bit on his own experience of loneliness. Along the way, in true Counter Position fashion, you get asides on the relationship between snow days and natural law, a defense of saturated fat, and the problem of modern living arrangements for priests.
“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.