There lived an old farmer in a village. He had four sons. They were quarrelsome. The farmer advised them to live in peace. But they did not listen to him. The farmer was very sad at heart. He thought that their future was dark. The farmer became very old and feeble. He lost all hopes of living any longer. He thought he might die at any moment. He would not live long. What would his sons do after his death? If they quarreled with one another, they would spoil his property and be poor. He also thought of their future and at last hit upon a plan.
He thought out a plan to give them a proper lesson. So one day he called his four sons and ordered them to bring a bundle of sticks. The sons did so. He then ordered his eldest son to break the bundle. He tried again and again but failed. He then ordered his second son to break the bundle. But he also failed to break it. Thus he ordered his third and fourth sons to break the bundle. But they all failed -to break the bundle.
The old man then ordered them to untie the bundle. They disunited the sticks. The old man told them to break the sticks one by one. This time they could easily break the sticks. Now the old man said to his sons, “My dear sons, you see that you could not break the bundle. But when the bundle is disunited, you could easily break. Do not quarrel any more and remain united so that nothing can harm you.” So the sons understood their follies and promised to remain united even after their father’s death.
Moral: unity is strength
some important word meanings from the unity is strength story :
quarrelsome – quarrelsome is someone who is having a tendency to getting into arguments or fights.
feeble means lacking physical strength, especially as a result of age or illness.
Follies means lack of good sense; foolishness .