There is something to be learned from the Spartan culture, especially in America. Americans are known globally for their vanity and overindulgence. They are the global leaders in obesity and the consumption of goods. Spartan culture is almost the opposite. It emphasizes stoicism. Advertising and entertainment encourage spontaneity and carelessness. Parents should instill discipline and consistency in their children. Simplicity and strict self discipline reflect the attributes of a more efficient and productive nation of people with a strong economy.