Whoever Said Right Handed People Ruled?

@irishmist (3820)
United States
August 21, 2007 4:35am CST
I am a Left handed person. And I'm tired of people thinking being left handed is wrong. Who has decided back God knows when, that right handed is the only way to be? Does that mean I'm handicapped because I'm left handed? I think not! I can do everything that you right handed people can do, and even more so. I can do everything with both hands. I don't think either way is right or wrong. I don't need special sissors or anything else to get me through life. Someone please explain this to me...
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
25 Aug 07
While I am mainly right handed I do seem to have the gift of being ambidextrous I think the whole "myth" that left-handed people goes back to the idea that anything "left" is considered evil and Satanic...could probably thank the church mainly for this idea. In Wicca/pagan paths, too, those who use black magic, or are into Satan worship are considered on the left hand path
@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
22 Aug 07
i never think that left-handed people are handicapped as they are also humans and created by God... in fact, i think you are right... left-handed people can do more things than right-handed people because they can use both of their hands... for example, i have a friend who is left-handed and he can writes with both of his hand which i can't... amazing... so i never look down or treat left-handed people as 'special'... to me, they are the same...
@owlwings (39218)
• Cambridge, England
22 Aug 07
There is a long and very interesting article in Wikipedia about left-handedness: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-handed which is well worth reading. Between 8% and 15% of people are left handed. It is usually something you are born with and there appears to be a genetic connection, though early development in the womb may also be a factor (it has been linked to high testosterone levels in the foetus). There seems to be no significant evidence that routine ultrasound scans can produce left-handedness. Because the right side of the brain is associated with creativity (and also controls the left side of the body), there often seems to be a link between left-handedness and creative professions. This does not mean that right handers are necessarily less creative but one often finds that artists, musicians, philosophers and politicians are left handed. The last four Presidents of the United States have all been left handers. The social stigma of left-handedness is very ancient, as can be shown by the use of 'left' and 'right' in many languages. The word for 'right' in many languages also means 'correct' or good and the word for 'left' often indicates something odd, bad or to be ignored (our word is also used to mean something not used or forgotten). 'Sinister', the Latin for the left hand is used in English (as it was in Latin) to denote something bad and it is probably its association with the word 'sin' that made it quite common in Catholic schools until quite recently to force left-handers to use their right. It is one of the main tenets of Islam that the left hand is used for bathroom visits while the right is used for eating and handling food. From that association, it seems, comes the word 'cackhanded' - 'cack' being a word for faeces and also meaning 'nonsense'. Left-handers, as a result, have a great deal to put up with just because of everyday speech. Nothing is going to change that except the way in which left-handers deal with the emotional pressures that they will inevitably encounter! Perhaps that constant reminder from their earliest days at school that left-handedness is an unusual and 'different' thing that encourages many left handers to become unusual and 'different' people - people who stand out for their creativity and strength of purpose.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
22 Aug 07
I am a left-hander, but I write with my right hand. I also hold and shoot a rifle with my right hand, better than my left. But in many activities, I use my left hand more than my right. In fact, being ambidextrous, I am more versatile in using both my hands than a right-handed person. I don't find I am handicapped in any way, and sometimes wonder why there are so many right-handed people around...LOL.
@ketybhagat (4125)
• India
22 Aug 07
Whatever gave you this idea ? Lefties are equally adapt at doing things as Righties. I am a right handed person and I often try to use my Left hand but fail miserably. Its just that parents put the pencil in the right hand when the kid is small, so he becomes a righty. If you are allowed freedom to write with your left hand as a kid, you become a lefty. No sweat.
@waygamit (20)
• Philippines
22 Aug 07
There 's nothing wrong with left-handed persons. In fact, i believe they have a special ability or skill that even a right handed person is not expert at. For example, when left-handed persons play the guitar, it's just so special. We find it very hard but for them it's just so jiffy..:) You know Manny Pacquiao? He is a left-handed person. But his blow with his left hand is such a powerhouse... So lefties, don't feel bad... Everything has a purpose...
• China
22 Aug 07
I never think that left-handed is wrong and I learn from a book that the people using left hand has a better ability of spacial thinking.This makes me be even more interested in this topic , now I'm trying to practice my left hand when brushing teeth,holding spoons or even using mouse of computer.By doing this all these boring activities of daily life become interesting to me.
• United States
22 Aug 07
My daughter is left handed and is the most gifted person I ever seen.She plays the piano and does everthing with her left hand.I wish I could be ambidextrous and use both hands to write and do everything.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
21 Aug 07
it's more common for people to be right handed, hence why things are made more for right handed people. If you can function with regular scissors, there's no need for you to get special scissors. There's nothing wrong with being left handed, you're just less common.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
21 Aug 07
Hi irishmist! Oh no being left handed is never a handicapped. I think that is not true at all that right handed people rule because there are left handed people too that have great minds and have high positions in our government. I am right handed but I don't think we rule because of being right handed or vice versa. As a matter of fact, My mother is left handed and she rules our household. Haha.. Have a nice day and take care!
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
21 Aug 07
In recent times (the past 20 years or so), i have never heard of someone saying that left-handedness was wrong. I'd rather be left-handed or more ambidextrous, but unfortunately I'm just a boring old right-handed person. I definitely don't think there is one that is better, it's just our predominant hand! To judge someone on such a silly thing is just ridiculous!