The Bundle of Sticks

A farmer, whose sons were always quarrelling with one another, had tried a long time in vain to reconcile them with words. Finally, he decided that he might have more success by setting some sort of an example.

So, he called his sons to him and told them to place a bundle of sticks in front of him. Then, after tying them tightly into a bundle, he told them, one after the other, to pick up the bundle of sticks and break it. They all tried, but nothing came of their efforts.

Then, the father untied the bundle and gave them the sticks to break one by one, which they did with great ease.

“So it is with you, my sons,” said the farmer. “As long as you remain united, you’re a match for all your enemies. But if you are divided among yourselves, you’ll be broken as easily as these sticks.”

Old Learning: In unity there is strength.

New Take

It is true as long as all are sticks and the objective is to avoid breakage. Difference in skill and objective is not pursued together.

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