A father invited all of his children to his home. When they arrived, they gathered around him.
The father held several thin twigs in his hand. He gave one to each of his children and then asked them to break them.
His children snapped the dry twigs with ease.
The father then passed around a bundle of several twigs. "Now" said the father "please try breaking this bundle." Each one tried to break the bundle but none succeeded.
"You see" said the father "as long as you remain united in the same way that these branches are united, nobody will ever be able to harm you! But if you act divisively and there is disharmony among you, then be aware that a lone individual is as feeble and easily broken as a thin twig."