An old man had three sons who were always arguing and fighting.
To convince(说服) them to help and support each other, he ordered them to bring in a bundle of(一捆) sticks, and said to his eldest son, “Break it.”
The son tried and tried, but with all his efforts was unable to break the bundle(捆).
The other sons also tried, but none of them was successful.
“Untie the bundle(捆),” said the father, “and each of you take a stick.”
When they had done so, he called out to them, “Now, break,” and each stick was easily broken. “You see my meaning?” said their father.
MORAL: Unity is strength.