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.
“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.