In Defence of Life
Essays on a Radical Reworking of Green Wisdom
Written from the heart, this book has the power to lift the reader into another dimension. A clarion call for a new dynamic.
Julian Rose presents a penetrating series of essays calling for urgent action to overcome the perilous state of our planet, at the local as well as global level. He both guides and challenges his readers to share with him a journey through the matrix-maze, and to come out at the other end a more aware and more self-assured human being.
Drawing upon his life experiences as a farmer, campaigner, artist and social entrepreneur, Julian brings to our consciousness a way to break through the destructive patterns of our consumer-obsessed society and discover a simpler and more fulfilling way forward.
Using essays exploring a wide range of pressing planetary concerns, he calls upon his readers to utilise the largely untapped power of their deeper instincts in coming to the aid of a severely depleted global environment and in striving for the amelioration of mankind’s perilous human condition.
REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
Review by Rowan Wolf
This is a review of Julian Day Rose’s new book “In Defence of Life – Essays on a Radical Reworking of Green Wisdom” published by Earth Books.
Julian Rose is an early pioneer of UK organic farming, an actor and a writer. He has broadcast regularly with the BBC and authored hundreds of articles on ‘green’ issues. He is currently President of The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside. He lives in Whitchurch on Thames, UK. Mr. Rose speaks from his decades of experience as an activist and organic farmer in this insightful, integrative book. The book is a series of articles focused at informing people of the mechanisms of domination of the globalized corporate agricultural machine, and how various peoples’ choices and movements can shift us onto a sustainable path. What Rose has done with this compilation of essays is something that great authors should aim for. He has taken a grounded base of organic farming and woven the story that depicts how the power of the corporations can transform that basic idea. Here is one example of the many integrative tasks Rose successfully navigates. “Organic farming” conveys the idea of small and local, but lots of care and even a sense of community around the food that is produced. The “consumer” is ideally part of that community and not simply a consumer/customer. In comes corporate agriculture and suddenly we are looking at what has become the standard food model complete with factory farms, mono-agriculture, and organic food actually covering more miles from farm to plate that non-organic. Rose integrates globalized agriculture and demonstrates how the very concept of “organic” has become just another “label” and one that is also more expensive. Mr. Rose does not leave us a drift in the world of corporate cooptation, but also discusses how we can take the power back. If you care about how things work, and also community organizing, “In Defense of Life” is an excellent resource and I highly recommend it. ~ Rowan Wolf, Cyrano’s Journal Today
I think that (were he still here) Mr. Alan Watts, for all his brilliance and insight, could learn something from Mr. Julian Rose. It’s called informed, compassionate truth-fired action. Thank you Julian – I had to dust off my battered old Thesaurus to find a word that means more superlative than superlative…. erm ….. incomparable… matchless (nowhere near). This is truly a great piece of writing. ~ Soliel, ‘Just Wondering’ blogsite
Your piece is generating beautiful reactions – YOU my dear man are changing the world and the paradigm continually!!! ~ Zen Gardner, www.zengardner.com
You’re so frikking eloquent and to the point and revelatory, just fabulous Julian—and always with the soft sense of love and biting, no bullshit conviction….wonderful! ~ Zen Gardner, www.zengardner.com
Sir Julian Rose, organic farming pioneer in the UK and international food activist, may be our greatest cheerleader for both speaking and acting from within truth inside the global miasma of thick, drug-and-distraction addled, mind-controlled, intransigent denial and oppression. ~ Dylan Charles, Editor: Waking Times
Just a word to say thanks for your magnificent contribution to IT last week. It has had many page views and boosted the stats greatly. Hope you will be a regular contributor whenever you can kindly allow us to publish your writings (comment about a recent contribution from Julian) ~ Claire Palmer, International Times IT
You’re an important and authentic talent that needs to stay active. This, along with your other work, is vital to humanity’s victory — which I believe has already been achieved in our unseen timeline. But it’s only been achieved because important people like you are playing their necessary role. Keep up the great work! ~ Eric Blair, Founder/Editor Activist Post
It was a very interesting experience, often exhilarating, and I am very impressed and moved by the plea you make for a change in consciousness. ~ Aidan Rankin, author