“In wine there is wisdom,
In beer there is freedom,
In water there is bacteria.”
Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat…source
Personal understanding of this thought:
I believe that the overall message of this quote is that things that you believe are good can be bad and things you believe are bad can be good. In my mind wine has always been a drink for the high class citizen and they have typically been the wise people of a civilization.
When I think of beer i think of the movies I’ve seen where someone is unhappy with their life so they go to a bar, get drunk and have a mental breakthrough and decide to change their life and be free from the life they once lived.
Now even though these drinks can be seen as drinks for the wise and free they are also seen as evil to some. When too much alcohol is drunk there can be consequences. Water on the other hand is seen as a pure and clean drink but due to the lack of alcohol bacteria can grow and can become deadly if drunk.