Questions like whether you're starving or well-fed, healthy or sick, enslaved or free, MATTER before anything else.
So... What's matter?
etc., etc., etc.
Of course, Einstein long ago explained that energy and matter are equivalent, so a sunbeam or a lightning-bolt, a magnetic field or a radio-wave are just as material, in this sense, as any tree or brick.
Materialism says that "matter" (the material universe) existed before I was around, will exist after I'm gone, is separate from my thoughts, wishes and imagination and those of everyone else, and is not made up from my own mind.
And, most importantly...
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