This week, listen in as the salon doors swing open and Kierkegaard enters the room sporting black eyeliner and listening to Cradle of Filth. Be amazed as he deliberately sits in Hegel’s seat and chats up his girlfriend only to abandon her at the end of the evening with the line “it’s not you, it’s me”. Is he moody and interesting or just an emo kid who needs to get a grip? Are we authentic individuals struggling to find meaning beyond knowledge? You choose before Hegel gets back from the toilets and it kicks off.
This week, listen in shocked disgust as Danny shamelessly runs with scissors while Mike looks on wondering whether or not he ought to intervene. Do we want what is best for us? Do we need a powerful other operating with utter conviction to lead us forward into the promised land? What do we do with the alien? Do we lock them up in Area 51 and dissect them to learn more about ourselves? How do we relate to the other? Who is the junior partner? Am I good enough for you? I bet I’m not, I’m just a resource to you aren’t I?? Well that’s fine, I don’t mind, I don’t deserve you any way, you are much prettier and smarter than me.
This week Hegel reveals his true colours as he seeks to assimilate our biological and cultural distinctiveness into his own. Raise your shields in hopeless defiance as dialectical inevitability cuts into your hull and extracts all the good stuff to further the universal collective. Resistance is futile, who will save us? Will it be Marx or has he already succumbed to the lure of metaphysical inevitability? Perhaps our only hope is take a leap of faith, abandon ship and trust ourselves to the void. Spoilers
This week Danny and Mike watch in mild amusement as Hegel argues that his is bigger than anyone else's and he’ll fight anyone who says otherwise. Listen with mounting concern as Georg starts sounding off about how he isn’t really a racist but that Germany rules, love it or leave it! Is the Spirit on tour and keeping its good stuff for the Western venues or are the audiences shouting out “play the greatest hits!!” All this and an opportunity for us all to relax in the hot tub and get to know each other better. Last one in is a positivist!
This week Mike and Danny discover how fraught with danger it is to synthesize a new drink out of two more familiar ones. Do two wrongs make a right? Are we more individual in combination with others or should we go it alone like the rugged Enlightenment individuals Descartes brought us up to be? Who is your daddy? While Hegel offers us nothing less than nirvana who is sitting nearby offering us romance, sweets and existential puppies? Only time and subsequent casts will tell.
This week we take off the stabilisers and go absolute! Ooo and aaah as Mike lies through his teeth to Danny assuring him that he is still holding on tight and that all Danny has to do is peddle. Listen in with a proud tear in your eyes and a shake in your voice as Danny steers the Hegalian dialectic in a wobbly but increasingly confident straight line towards it’s ultimate destination. As Danny veers off into the bins turn your attention to Dr Mike as he kickstarts his Hegelian Electra Glide (in blue) and powers his way down the synthetic highway towards absolute spirit. It’s all good fun guys but safety first, wear a helmet this week.
This week Mike and Danny help Fichte to pack his bags after a very pleasant visit. Fichte tells us not to fuss as he'd far rather do his own packing because activity helps develop his consciousness and also expands the universal ego. Mike and Danny remind him that the last time he said that he left two pairs of socks and some underwear under our spare bed and nobody wants that. Fichte insists that these undergarments are the not-ego and by engaging with them we are also growing as egos and that we are welcome. Also in this cast we explore the caverns under WTF mansions and come across something very unsavoury. Tune in and bring a torch.
This week Mike and Danny witness the ego walk into Fichte's bar and tell everyone that they are unconscious. Listen in total astonishment as the not-ego stands up and accuses the ego of spilling it's pint. In the ensuing chaos, as the inevitable fight breaks out, listen for the Absolute Ego as it decides it's had quite enough of all this squabbling, gets out of bed and throws everyone out. Are you in the bar or are you bared? Listen in to this cast and guarantee that you are on the guest list.
This week Mike and Danny abandon the world of sense experience for the inner recesses of human consciousness. While the material world was rather more robust the ideal world of the ego seemed to have a lot of extra space and let in plenty of light. If we take down that wall over there, the one separating the ego from the not-ego, Fichte assures us that we can really open the whole space up, perhaps creating a combined living room study area, maybe even fit in some patio doors. Listen in as we look around the absolute ego trying to decide whether the small box room really does count as “a guest bedroom” and whether Fichte looks a bit like Kant in a certain light. Expand your mind and cast off the shackles of the real for the infinite possibilities of the ideal (terms and conditions apply).
This week Mike and Danny are still at the Kant party but the snacks are running out and the slow music is on the turntable. Was it a good party? Would we come again? Danny didn’t much care for it but tells Kant he had a lovely time anyway, Mike decides honesty is the best policy and tells Kant right out that his party sucked and gets punched in the nose by the disgruntled critical philosopher. Listen on in mute disbelief as chaos breaks out and Danny starts to steal the silver to help pay his rent. All this and the WTF chopper takes to the skies. Only miss this one if you would will for everyone to miss it!