From a purely analytical standpoint:
I would say that "mild"
beer is perfectly in line with the original spirit and message of the Word of
Wisdom, but that many (if not most) of the current beer options are not.
Generally speaking, beer is not nearly as mild as it used to be.
Also, the original said explicitly, "not by way of command" - but that
was changed decades later, due, in my opinion, to Prohibition, the radical increase in alcohol
advertising and the rise of "non-mild" options being marketed as just
fine and dandy - making more drinks truly addictive in content to a far greater extent than previously.
At the heart, I think that the change is a great
example of the human need for clarification - the tendency to want to be
commanded and/or command in all things. "Mild barley drinks", "hot
drinks" and "strong drinks" morphed into "beer, coffee, tea and all
forms of alcohol" - going from categories requiring personal
consideration and decision to a list of specific products on a Do Not
I actually am okay with that stricter standards for those who want it
and those who need it (probably the majority of people and certainly a large minority), especially those who are
prone to addiction and the efforts of "conspiring men in the latter
days", and I follow it to avoid eating meat in the company of those who
abstain from meat and because I know myself well enough to know I am prone to addictive behavior - but the stricter standard is harder for those who neither want nor need
it - who could partake in moderation without adverse health effects and/or addiction.
It also leads too often to judging others, even those who have not committed to follow the Word of Wisdom, as being spiritually unworthy or inferior in some way - and that is a shame.
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