(I'm looking for a very basic level explanation because my only chemistry experience is one fast-paced high school course.)
So, according to the professor of that course, ions are never found in nature as ions; everything would be neutrally charged. My question is, how can something have ions in it, without having them be neutralized? Doesn't nature want to lower potential energy, which would mean bonding the ions asap? Or am I misunderstanding things and said ions are already bonded to other ions, but they are still called ions even though the charge of the whole molecule should be neutral?