brothers were always arguing. On day their father called them
“Bring me a
bundle of sticks tied with twine,” said the father.
gathered the bundle of sticks. The father asked the older son to
break it in half.
The older son
tried, but he could not even bend the bundle. So the father
handed it to the younger son. He could not bend it either.
untied the bundle and handed each boy a single stick. The
brothers broke them easily.
“Do you see?”
said the father. “Stop arguing and keep together like brothers.
Then no one can hurt you, for you will be too strong. But if you
quarrel and are divided like these sticks, then anyone can break
you with ease.”