Jacob's Ladder was not a ladder. The original Hebrew word used was "SULOM", which is a gradiated incline, a.k.a. "stairway; staircase".
The Craft are offered two overt stairways within the first two Blue Lodge Degrees. The EA Degree offers the first. The FC the second.
The EA Degree Stairway is reflected in the Work to which its Ritual Alludes, but not in the Ritual work itself. The same for the FC.
The EA Work focuses upon Bringing Order to the Chaos of the Heart. The FC to the Head. Bother are required to assure a firm and strong Connection.
Each Stairway is a direct Connection to Heaven. Build them not and your Connections suffer greatly. Yea, Build them not and you may just find yourself Severed in Twain.
So, here's the question:
How are you going about Building your Stairways?
Brother John S. Nagy
* Not to be confused with Freemasonic Education.
(Thanks for the inspiration Brother Dave Bacon!)