What was in the water that the Laconians were drinking? They were Greeks like the rest of their countrymen. They knew the odds of losing a battle where they were outnumbered 100 to 1.
The smart choice was to negotiate a favorable surrender. To surrender annual payments of gold and goods in exchange for keeping your life and some bit of humanity.
You could live in your old house.
Go about your day like usual.
Enjoy your traditions and practice your religion.
It would be ludicrous to sacrifice your life and your happiness for an impossible chance at freedom.
The Greeks knew it. And agreed to surrender.
That is until the Laconians decided to stand up and fight.
What were they drinking?
What special human qualities did they possess?
How is it possible that 300 fighters from a small region in the southeast corner of a big country were the only ones with the insight to see what no one else thought possible?
What made those warriors of Laconia — known as Spartans — so invincible wasn’t what was in their water or in their lunch pail.
It was what was in their mind. What they thought about. Their values. Their beliefs about destiny and hard work.
They were exactly the same as everyone else.
Except for what they thought about. What they believed to be possible. The ideals for which they lived — and were willing to die.
And that is why they live on forever in history.
They thought strong. And lived strong.