Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein has launched a new Change.org petition. It’s not pointedly concerned with Buddhism, though. Rather, its target is the Federal Communications Commission. Explaining how the petition, “Let Cable Media Know You Object to Skewed News” came to be in a post for her blog, she writes, in part:
What [the Buddha] said, in contemporary language is, “Go forth and teach this important understanding in the idiom of the people.” That message, “Teach so that you can be understood so that what you say is helpful,” is endlessly inspiring to me.
[…] I’m thrilled by the idea that a good cause, a good new idea, can spread over the whole world in a day. Late last night I decided to start a petition on Change.org and I realized, as I wrote it, that the very decision to start to do something that I believed would be helpful, one particular way to reduce suffering in the world, made me feel better even before I was done with the writing. I felt empowered. Here is the link to the petition I wrote. I hope you’ll open it right now and sign it and send it to everyone on your list. It is about our political system, but it is not partisan. You can send it to everyone. I hope you will feel engaged, part of an arc of a good idea being spread out along lanes of friends.
Boorstein’s petition, through which supporters can join her in her pledge “to not turn on my TV at all on January 20 to let the media know that I am no longer interested in supporting their ‘bottom line’ of advertising income through the conversion of news into entertainment,” can be viewed and signed here.