The Bundle of Sticks

The Bundle of Sticks
Aesop's Fables - The Bundle of Sticks

Once upon a time, a guy had three boys. As he grew older, the dad realized he wouldn't be able to care for his boys for very much longer. He called them to his bedside because he wanted to impart a crucial lesson to them before he passed away.

The father instructed his sons to go into the woods and return with a bundle of sticks. The boys followed instructions and returned with a bundle of wood.

The dad then instructed his sons to split the stick bundle in half. The sons attempted to break the bundle, but were unsuccessful. The sticks held together because they were too sturdy.

After that, the patriarch instructed his sons to untie the bundle and attempt to break each stick individually. The lads followed instructions and were able to break the sticks one by one with ease.

He then turned to face his sons and remarked, "You see, my kids, you are stronger together. However, a split group is weak. Always remember to collaborate with others so that you can achieve big things."

"United we stand, divided we fall," is the story's central message.