CONVENER CORNER: MEET KURT COLVILLE!
For over five years, Kurt Colville has been sharing with others his enthusiasm for Ayn Rand’s work. Rand’s philosophy is called Objectivism, and as Colville explains it, it is an “unparalleled tool for making you feel great about who you are and what you can do with your life, and seeing people really respond to that.”
Originally, Colville heard of Rand’s concepts in high school.
“I kept hearing little snippets about this writer named Ayn Rand and her philosophy of reason and individualism,” Colville said. “And finally decided I had to check her out.
“I actually got interested in Ayn Rand through the band Rush. Their early work features several themes heavily influenced by Rand’s fiction, and I wanted to learn more about the ideas behind these great songs. I was already interested in philosophy, and her view of man as a rational, purposeful being capable of happiness instantly resonated with me, and I completely fell in love with her work,” Colville said.
Rand’s work is complex, but in the simplest terms, it focuses on values such as productivity, justice, honesty, and independent thinking. As the mother of Objectivism, Rand described her ideas as “a philosophy for living on earth.”
“Ideas move the world, and philosophy is the root of those ideas,” Colville said. “Ayn Rand’s ideas offer each of us a way to reach for the best inside us and truly enjoy our lives to the fullest.”
WORDS COLVILLE LIVES BY:
“Love is the expression of one’s values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.” –Ayn Rand
WHERE TO FIND HIM:
To take a class with Colville, search Communiversity’s database by “Convener Last Name” and type in “Colville”. Don’t forget to check back when our fall schedule is released for more class offerings!
“I really appreciate the experience I’ve had with Rick and the Communiversity staff. They’re always great to work with and help me make the most of my teaching experience,” Colville said.
JUST FOR FUN:
“If I were an animal, I’d be a dolphin. Just amazing, beautiful, brilliant animals!”
By Jessica Turner & Kurt Colville