WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT LEFTHANDERS?!
August 13, is observed as the international lefthanders’ day, courtesy of the United Nations and Lefthanders International.
Often ignorantly called ‘lefters’, lefthanders constitute the greater minority of those not using the right hand. It is even argued that barely 10 percent of the World’s seven billion people is left-handed.
Lefthanders very often feel special. Not because the other majority usually wonders how possible it is for one to write with the left hand, but because being a lefthander usually comes with an intellectual or physical gift, that gives an air of being exceptional.
Women are statistically less likely to be lefthanders. Some will point out the fact that a couple of great figures the World has had such as Angela Merkel, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Beiber, Eminem, Albert Einstein, Aristotle, Napoleon Bomaparte, Sylvester Stallone, Charlie Chaplin, Angelina Jolie, Jimmi Hendrix, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zukerberg, Barack Obama, Uhuru Kenyatta, just to name a few, are all lefthanders.
Picture; American Presidents Ford, Clinton, Obama.
Nevertheless, being a lefthander in today’s World often comes with a couple of challenges. Some parents and educators in developing countries still find it strange that a child uses the left hand more often than the other, and thereby force the kid to using the other hand. This, regardless of how good the output was with the left hand.
Furthermore, other situational difficulties come in place like using a spiral book, opening a door with a key(lefthanders have this reflex of turning the key anticlockwise), greeting elderly ones(which is often considered disrespectful by some cultures).
It is also argued in developed nations that some lefthanders have a psychological deficiency.
Though there are cases like ambidextrousness (the ability to use both hands suitably), amputation of the right hand and self training, that also compel people to use the left hand suitably, it is still a call for concern that being left handed at birth faces rejection.
August 13 was placed as the international lefthanders day to promote awareness on the inconveniences faced by lefthanders in a predominantly right-handed World as well as celebrating their uniqueness and differences.
By, Erwin Ayota.