A few weeks ago, the presidential elections took place—and they were expensive! Think of all the fliers, advertisements, and campaign workers needed to make a campaign run.
- Can you guess how much money on average is spent on presidential elections? (Allow students to share their thoughts. Encourage them to avoid political talk and to be respectful.)
A presidential campaign costs hundreds of millions of dollars! Depending on how many donations a candidate receives and how much money they have, a campaign can cost close to a billion dollars!
Use the extreme cost of elections as a starting point to ask your students about their opinions on the state of wealth inequality in the world today.
- What do you think about the enormous price tag of election campaigns? Is it necessary? (Allow a few students to share their responses to this question; accept all reasonable answers.)
- If you decided to spend the same amount of money less frivolously, what selfless good could you do with a few hundred million dollars? (After students have shared ideas, comment that with hundreds of millions of people around the globe living on less than $2 a day, there is certainly much that could be accomplished with this money.)
Play the following clip [5:12; to conserve time, start at 1:00; end at 2:10. (At 2:12, the video shows the filmer buying a pint of beer.)]:
How POWERFUL is $1?
Using the information presented in this video, we can see that with the same amount of money used to pay for elections, countless people around the world could have plenty of food.
When stated in terms like this, it’s easy to extravagance of things like campaigns; however, when it comes down to our own lives and wallets, it can be much more difficult to live unselfishly. In today’s lesson, we’ll look at how and what can happen if we are willing to put aside our self-centered motivations.