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Left-Handedness is a Choice
Left-handedness is a choice.
This is an established fact. Handedness is not visible in human beings until as late as age six. While this might seem to suggest that handedness is genetic, it does not. It means that responsible parents can train their children from an early age to be right-handed. Left-handedness is abnormal, as it occurs in only one in ten people. In ancient times, left-handedness was seen as a sign of the devil. Although we have clearly evolved from those times, it does not mean that left-handed people should be afforded the same rights as right-handed people.
We are talking about a condition that can be altered and changed. I have personally trained myself to write with my left hand to see if such a thing is possible. Indeed, it is. Therefore, a left-handed person can train himself to do things right-handed, but has made the choice to remain left-handed. Since this is a choice, special rights should not be given to left-handed people.
Why Do Left-Handed People Want Special Rights?
Of course, reality does not stop left-handed people from demanding special rights. For instance, they demand desks that accommodate their particular choice. Left-handed people claim to do better with special scissors. There are many objects that left-handed people ask be changed so that they can better use them. This puts an unfair burden on manufacturers, businesses, and government, who are being asked to adapt themselves to the choice made by a minority of people.
The burden is most evident on businesses that employ left-handed people. Those businesses must spend money to accommodate the left-handed and this is a drag on our economy. Left-handed people are more likely to get hurt on the job, thereby increasing insurance premiums on businesses, for instance. Being around left-handed people can be uncomfortable for right-handed people and that can lower overall business productivity.
There are many problems for government with left-handed people. The fact that left-handed people demand to be treated the same in our armed forces is an obvious problem as weapons must be redesigned in some cases to accommodate them. When the left-handed and the right-handed are mixed in combat situations, the right-handed can be made uncomfortable by the thought that they might accidentally grab a left-handed person's weapon. Overall combat readiness is reduced and this can have dire consequences in battle. Effectively, if we let left-handed people dictate the methods used in our armed forces, the terrorists win. The terrorists will exploit this weakness and people will die.
Left-handed people create many problematic social situations as well. Marriage, for instance, is an institution meant for right-handed people. When left-handed people marry, it increases the odds of producing left-handed children, which puts further burdens on society. Left-handed people who are allowed to adopt children are more likely than right-handed people to try to train their adopted children to be left-handed as well. And even if they don't train them, the children will be more prone to the left-handed lifestyle because of the predominance of left-handed objects in their environment.
Left-Handedness Causes Problems for Right-Handed People
If we want to maintain the sanctity of civil society, the sanctity of marriage, and the sanctity of scissors and other everyday objects, then we cannot allow the left-handed to have special rights. Right-thinking is correct thinking and left-thinking is something else. People make choices every day, but we don't allow those deviant choices to force laws on the rest of us.
Let us remember what Jesus said about left-handed people in the Gospel of Matthew:
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: And he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, 'Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.' ... Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, 'Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.'" (Matthew 25: 31-34, 41).
Obviously, if Jesus felt this way about left-handed people, then the continued demands of the left-handed cannot be taken seriously. Also, consider that the following people were/are left-handed: John Dillinger, Billy the Kid, the Boston Strangler, Jack the Ripper, and Justin Bieber.
That being said, left-handed people can be helped. With the right training, the right schooling, and some prayer, they can become right-handed people, like the rest of us. And the world will be a better place for it.
- Left-Handedness Loses Its Stigma but Retains Its Mystery - NYTimes.com
The riddle of why about 10 percent of people are born with the left-dominant variety of this essentially human asymmetry remains.
- Left-handedness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2011 Allen Donald
Pamela Nichols from Soonergal444 Oklahoma on December 01, 2019:
Yeah... Thanks for that. I kinda realized that after I made my embarrassing comment.
Grace Marguerite Williams from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on December 01, 2019:
Pamela, Crankalicious was critiquing societal prejudice against those who are different. Crankalicious is an astute writer, he was pushing your buttons. This article was satirical in pointing out societal & cultural prejudices. This article is magnificent. Crankalicious is a genius.
Grace Marguerite Williams from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on December 01, 2019:
Pamela, Crankalicious was writing a satire. This article is pure satiric humor. Crankalicious writes articles that pokes fun at the absurdities of society.
Pamela Nichols from Soonergal444 Oklahoma on November 25, 2019:
Being a left-handed individual, I totally disagree with this and find some of your comments absolutely absurd. In my experience, I've never had anyone adapt things to accommodate my left handedness. I learned how to adapt to certain situations. For example:
• I learned to use scissors with my right hand.
• I've learned to curve The Notebook a certain way so the spirals wouldn't get in the way of my writing.
• I ********** with my right hand.
• I throw a ball and catch with my right hand.
• I write with my left hand.
• I eat with my left hand ( which is an advantage because I don't have to set the knife down and switch the fork from my left hand to my right hand to spear a piece of meat).
• I brush my teeth with my left hand
So, I guess that I could be classified as ambidextrous. Or do you find that offensive as well? I can't help but wonder if maybe you were just trying to push buttons and get reactions by writing this hub? If that's the case, I applaud this hub...it's well-written!
Kristina Pitts from Greenville, SC, USA on September 01, 2014:
This is equivalent to arguing that homosexuality is a choice. Neither are choices. Both my mother and her mother are left handed and so am I. I didn't choose to be left handed. In fact, my teachers in kindergarten tried to change it but I'm still left handed. I hope your article was a joke because if it wasn't then this is politically incorrect.
Heather Baker from Florida on December 17, 2013:
I get what you're actually equating society to, and I applaud it. Great hub!
Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on June 08, 2013:
Thank you for supporting the continued discrimination against left-handed people.
jenn800 on December 05, 2012:
Are you joking? I sure hope so this is such bull. I am left handed and so are my brother and son and cousins. It is not a chose we made, it is not changeable. I had a teacher try to TRAIN me to be left handed, total backfire for her. This is just ridiculous for you to say the bible says we are less than human or demons well just bull is all i can say. I am the same as everyone else.
John D Nathan from Dallas, Texas. USA on November 29, 2012:
I agree with your statement, Crankalicious! Left-handed people are an abomination and deserve nothing less than a stinking pit of fire! We must restore the purity of our schools, our scissors, and our pussycats (everyone knows that left-handed people pets pussycats the wrong way)!... No, left hand! NO! Must use proper right hand! I CURSE THEE, LEFT HAND! I CURSE THEE!!!
bookofshadows on September 09, 2012:
Ahhh yeah! this doesn't really work this way, I mean as a left hander I think this is not justice, "we can be trained to learn how to do things like right handers' well what other choice do we have? I mean its not like your guys are already doing something about it then why can't we have the small rights?? Perhaps you should start by looking in the kitchen, everything in it is designed for right handers! No wonder we die out early its because we have to pay more attention to how we use something that is designed for right handers.
SotD and Zera on August 22, 2012:
Satire is a beautiful, beautiful thing. It may not make bigots change their mind, but it makes us who have to deal with them smile. Thanks for this.
Mitch Turnure from South Jersey on July 29, 2012:
Funny and creative...well written...I disagree with the underlying premise, but enjoyed the satirical edge. Big fan of satire and this was a well crafted piece of Hubness.
David Hunt from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on February 11, 2012:
Great article! I wonder how many people think you're 1) Serious 2) Offended 3)Heartily agree. Voted up. Thanks for a great read. Now, what about the truly sinister ambidextrous hiding among us?
Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on December 27, 2011:
Thanks to everyone for reading and enjoying and, hopefully, understanding the point beyond it's application for left-handed people everywhere. After all, if we're going to justify discrimination based on the Bible, a lot of us are screwed.
Brian Lokker from Bethesda, Maryland on December 27, 2011:
As a left-hander, I would accuse you of sinister intentions, but since "sinister" comes from the Latin word for left, that wouldn't be accurate. On the other hand (literally), "dexter" means right, and the only Dexter I know is a serial killer. Good satire, voted up and funny. I'd give the hub two thumbs up, but I can't do anything useful with my right hand.
Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on December 27, 2011:
I am not left-handed, but there is nothing wrong with it. Some of my best friends are left-handed! Of course, I would never date one, but nonetheless, left-handed folks deserve to be treated like everyone else!
Funny hub and voted up! :-)
Lady Liberty from These United States, Texas on December 27, 2011:
Great Hub, very funny. With one correction--it's a known fact that a left-handed individual uses the right side of their brain, whereas a right handed person uses the left side of the brain, just something to think about. Oh, and left handed scissors are a joke.
Sheila Varga Szabo from Southern California on December 26, 2011:
LOL @Justin Bieber... great Hub, thanks!
Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on December 26, 2011:
Fabulously clever and well-written Hub. I had a sardonic grin on my face the whole time I was reading....except for the parts that made me laugh out loud, and they were, by the way, legion.
My husband was stubbornly and resolutely left-handed. Our marriage ended in divorce. Your inspiring and bible based article came too late to help us. Thankfully, my three sons are right-handed and they married right-handed women, so I must have done something right after all.
I think I will go read it again. :)
Grace Marguerite Williams from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on December 26, 2011:
You are joking. How clever! You are a great pundist and sartorist!