From the July 1975 magazine.

Master Builders of Sobriety

It takes many willing workers to lay the foundation and erect the structure of a better way of life

I WATCHED a team of workers tearing down a building. A structure that took several years to build was destroyed by a few men, in a fraction of the time it took to build. The roof came off; glass was broken; doors were ripped off the hinges; the walls caved in. Dirt and dust flew in all directions. The noise was such that you had to hold your hands over your ears to withstand it.

I asked the foreman if these were the same men he used to build a building. "No indeed" was his reply. "When I build, it's one thing; tearing down is another. In tearing down, I use common labor. These men are not builders. When I build, I need skilled men, men who have the know-how, who know what a rule and a square stand for. The steps taken in building are proven steps--no trial and error, no shortcuts. These men have served their apprenticeships. They are masters of their trades."

-- J. D.


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