三本の棒 (A1)

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●あらすじ

完全に毛利元就のアレです。
ソマリアにも類似の話があるというから驚きです。

さて、子どもが何人だったかは謎に諸説あり、
タイトルでは三名という前提で三本にしておきましたが
英文上は原文ママで"bundle"としています。

教訓:団結は強い


●本編

There was a Father with many Sons.
The Sons were always fighting with each other and nothing the Father said could stop them.
So, the Father was looking for a good example to show them to realize their misfortune.

One day, when the fighting was mush more violent than usual, the father asked one of his sons to bring him a bundle of sticks.
Once he got the bundle, he gave it to each of his sons, telling them to break them.
They all tried their best, but none of them were able to break it.

The Father then gave a stick to each of his sons, telling them to break it.
They all did it very easily.

"My Sons" said the Father. "can't you see that if you agree and help each other,
it will be impossible for your enemies to hurt you.
But if you are divided among yourselves, like this stick, it is very easy to break you."

Lesson: Unity is strength