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Elementalism is firmly established in our language and when we use words its effects cannot totally be avoided.
We practice elementalism when we talk about feelings and thoughts as if they were distinct elements that can exist without each other.
The principle of elementalism can be seen at the base of personalized reporting, which often portrays leaders like Bush, Bin Laden, or Saddam Hussein as omnipotent, standing above society with the power to manipulate it without restraint.