The Spartans are famous for their intense warrior training that began at the tender age of 7 when boys were taken from their mothers to become men. The path for little girls was no picnic either. In fact, the whole society was dedicated to protecting each other.
Fast forward 2,500 years and we have 30-year-old men trying to be little girls, adult bouncy houses, and fathers playing video games for 3 hours a day.
Thankfully we don’t live under constant attack from neighboring tribes. We don’t have to take the extreme measures that the Spartans did. But we shouldn’t throw out the baby with the bathwater either.
For a society to thrive, it must be selfless. But selflessness takes courage. Courage that our education and parenting habits intentionally and unintentionally thwart.