~ 154. The Father and his Quarrelsome Sons ~
A farmer's sons were always quarreling, so the father decided to teach them a lesson.
"Bring me a bundle of sticks," he said.
He then told each son to break the bundle.
Try as they might, none of the sons, not even the strongest, could break the bundle of sticks.
Then the father untied the bundle and gave each son a stick.
"Break that," he said.
Each son broke the stick easily.
"So too with you," explained the father. "United, you are strong. But divided and each on his own, you are weak, and your enemies will easily destroy you."