My essay topic is: "You don't know what you've got until it's gone.". I have many ideas and need help structuring it. I believe that the above statement is true. I need help organizing my ideas so that I prove that it is true. Which ideas will most strongly support the statement? Below are my concepts so far: "You don't know what you've got until it's gone", is a platitude. My computer crashed last year. My mother became legally blind when I was 13. If we don't know what we've got until it's gone, then we don't know what we've been missing until we have it, therefore do we really know what we wanted? Can the last two statements be reversed to to prove the first statement? The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, until you discover that it needs to be mowed (or is overgrown with weeds). Karl Marx searched for a Utopian society "The grass is always greener..."Candide, Voltaire, and Wilde wrote about this topic Sacrifices made throughout history,e.g., rationing during "The War". Gratitude and appreciation Do you have any other ideas that could prove the statement? It's a short essay; I'd guesstimate the equivalence of both sides of a blue book page.