From the Wise Master (October, 2011)

posted May 23, 2015, 1:29 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 1:29 PM ]

John Unger

In late August the Discovery Channel broadcast six hours of programming about the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. The first thing that caught our attention was that the men who worked on clearing the debris and rebuilding were sons of the men who had originally built the World Trade Center, much as our ancient brethren following in their fathers' trade. In one case, a man whose father was an iron worker who had been injured on the job was working as a bartender when the World Trade Center was attacked. He immediately volunteered to help with the clean-up and then immediately went into the trade.
One of the most interesting segments of the program was about the building of the elevators in the new tower. The rails for the seventy-story high speed elevators were set and aligned using the same advanced technology that our ancient brethren used. A plumb line (in this case piano wire) was suspended from the top. The rails were then set 1 1/4 inches from the plumb line using a standard builder's steel tape  to determine the 1 1/4 inch. The narrator on the program interviewing the technician said that he thought they would lasers for such precision work, but the technician said that the plumb line and tape rule were more accurate. So, my brothers, in this case, the rule of the Entered Apprentice and the plumb of the Fellowcraft are preferred over the latest electronic technology.

John P. Unger , 
Wise Master