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Have you ever sat down and really thought about how much you value your possessions?   Do you value your belongings more than you value friends, family, love, or even yourself? Materialism is commonly practiced as a way of life. Author David Henry Thoreau was completely against materialism. As opposed to Thoreau, there are also many individuals that are against idealism. Although idealism and materialism have some similarities, they are extremely different. Also, they are both an unrealistic way of living. In life, there should be no monist way of reality. Life, morals, values, family and friends should valued and cherished rather than material possessions.

Materialism is a philosophy where individuals cherish their possessions more than friends, family, and sometimes even themselves. Materialism is looked down on so often, yet it is a common philosophy of individuals. This philosophy is unrealistic for the reason that “things” are more important than people. Human beings are more often taken for granted than material possessions. Most individuals would tell you that materialism is bad while they are a materialistic person them self. If material items and technology are valued more than character, ideas, and life, then personal priorities may be out of order. Although items should not be taken for granted, they should not be held at a higher priority than the important things in life.

Idealism is the philosophy is the belief that everything is perfect. This perception of reality is unrealistic because nothing can be completely perfect. It is natural for life to have good and bad moments, but they are a learning experience either way. If life was always perfect, we as humans would not experience many emotions that we harbor, and life would be unbalanced. Sometimes, it is hard to see the good when there is no bad. Things are often taken for granted when individuals do not realize what they have. Idealism is also unrealistic for the reason that life adapts to...