An odd thought occurred to me the other day. The Greeks famously regarded that there were four elements, fire, water, air, and earth. The modern man, with the all the advantages of a public school system, knows this to be incorrect that instead there are 92 (naturally occuring) elements with about a dozen artificially produced ones added to this.
However, what occurred to me is that the dismissal of those four elements is an error hermeneutic. We know the definitions of words change. What they mean by “element” is what we call “states of matter.” In point of fact, there are four phases of matter which oddly enough very closely align with those Greek four. Solid, liquid, gas, and plasma match quite well with earth, water, air and fire don’t they?
So when reading those accounts of those four ‘Elements’ just replace the word ‘Elements’ with ‘States’ and see what that does for you.