Philosophy – Conflict between Realism and Idealism

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I have never had any time like this before.

I am losing my life path confusing what I eventually want to do. Ultimately, when I have seriously thought about reasons why I have to get such a serious pain internally, I can’t help myself but consider the most meaningful and important concept for me to chase for. I figured out that the most dreadful things that I am in between are idealism and realism.

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In order for us to be able to differentiate between idealism and realism, we must first have a thorough understanding of the two terms. Idealism is when you envision or see things in an ideal or perfect manner. Realism, on the other hand, tends toward a more pragmatic and actual view of a situation. The two concepts can, in layman’s terms, be deemed different in perspectives; with idealism focusing on ‘what could be’, and realism focusing on ‘what actually is.’


Idealism and realism can be understood as two different perspectives. Some of the key differences between them include:

  • 1. Idealism causes you to see things in a very hopeful manner, shaping situations with your own ideas. Realism, on the other hand, causes one to assess a situation as it is, without overt emotional involvement.
  • 2. Idealists tend to be more positive when compared to realists, in how they perceive things and carry out tasks.
  • 3. When making decisions, realists are more goal oriented and thorough than idealists, who may have lofty ambitions, but lack the clarity and focus to put them into action in an achievable way.

Reference: Difference Between Idealism and Realism | Difference Between

Selective Realism, Selective Idealism?

Although there are a number of philosophies that apply realism or idealism widely, it is quite possible to hold realist or idealist positions on a long list of philosophical subjects / ethics, aesthetics, causality, science, mathematics and semantics, among others / with no taking a realist or idealist positions on everything. For example, to say that one is a mathematical realist means that one believes that mathematical concepts exist in some form independent of human thought, but this does not require one to be a realist regarding ethical norms or aesthetic values.

Realism helps individuals to keep in check with reality and determine the possibility of target goals.


Through education and parenting advice, those youths learn and develop their knowledge and visions. School and parents should encourage young people to choose their career goals by incorporating both idealistic and realistic visions.

A study conducted by the Social Exclusions Task force indicated that young people who develop ambitious and achievable visions, along with confidence and diligence, are more likely to achieve more career success. It is important that the youths are encouraged to develop both idealistic and realistic visions.

An idealistic goal can help change the world for the better, but it should be approached realistically in terms of the possibility of completion and capabilities of those working on it. It is necessary to keep a balance of the two visions, as both are equally important toward a successful career. Without one another, the two visions will either lead to failures or restrain individuals from advancing in their careers.

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