Why are some people left-handed? Are they rebellious dissenters, gifted individuals, or just misfit weirdos? I would argue that they tend to be all the above; and damn proud of all those traits.
It is estimated that only 10% of people are left-handed. It is indeed a right-handed world. Being a left-handed man in a right-handed world isn’t always easy. The fact that I am a lefty, I would say that I have some merit in explaining and theorizing why this happens to this small minority of people.
While there are no definitive answers, I will explore with confidence from my first-hand (dare I say left-hand) experience.
It Just Comes Natural
It wasn’t too long ago, that this small group of people were judged, treated unfairly, and often punished soley for being left-handed. It’s an unfortunate inherent nature of human behavior to be judgy, hive-minded, and shaken by minorities.
Fortunately, most of our western world views have strayed away from being so critical and ostracizing of those being left-handed. (But we still have a long way to go in other categorical differences.)
Lefties are only doing what is comfortable and comes natural to them. There’s no evil force at work, or even thought into it; only instincts and actions.
So put away the ruler, Sister! We don’t have the Devil in us.
These Old World superstitions seem to have been replaced with rational scientific reasoning; lightening the bad connotation of being a southpaw.
Just as intelligence is a gift that a person didn’t necessarily choose or consider, being a lefty is a gift a person is born with as well.
Maybe only left-handed people understand how it is a gift. Being in such a small exclusive group may bring about this sentiment.
But many with left-handed friends or family members know lefties tend to be a bit different in special ways. Go find yourself a left-handed friend, if you don’t have one, so you can see what I mean.
Mirroring What They See
Perhaps some children/infants are very hands-on and specific in their learning by site. In this case, the child would mimic the actions and motions of their dominantly right-handed practitioners.
At an early age they start mirroring what they see. For them, it is easier to trace and repeat by being in sync with what is immediately at hand. A lefty adopts a habit of using their left hand in following right-handers movements. It becomes a habit through repetition from childhood.
This type of learning is demonstrated through martial arts practices where the students mirror the moves of the teacher to minimize confusion of complex movements.
Cooperation And Competition
This is one reason one will frequently find along their internet search for a reason people are left-handed. What it basically comes down to is combative advantage.
People train themselves to be left-handed for battle and combat sports to improve diversity, overall skill, and adaptability in any situation or position they find themselves. Professional sports players are known to practice this concept for similar reasons.
Those in the know realize the advantage of being left-handed in many physical ways, and work on developing this ability to improve performance. This ability can confuse or throw off an opponent’s game.
On top of this function, it also comes down to being well-rounded. Here, it is more of a case of ambidexterity than of dominant left-handedness.
Runs In The Family
It is a fact that being a lefty can be an inherited family trait. I can attest to this. Both my grandmother and aunt are left-handed. It’s pretty simple really. Our genes hand down information, for better or worse, and our genetics act accordingly to their programming.
We have mannerisms, tics, and a variety of other physical attributes and patterns we get from our parents. Left-handedness is just one of many family hand-me-downs. Unlike clothes, that you can choose not to wear, these genetic transfers are not so easy to avoid. (Thanks a lot dad for the male-pattern baldness.)
Southpaws Are Alright!
I like to make a joke and say that 90% of people suffer from the same handicap; they’re right handed. As far back as I can remember, it was just something that was natural to me. I never put any thought into it; until kindergarten when I had to use the green scissors.
I would say I’ve had many moments where I had to adapt to tools and appliances created exclusively for right-handed people. But in my opinion, like the cooperation and competition, it has enhanced my physical abilities, balance, and harmony with this right-handed world.
Even though the internet will tell you many theories and conclude to the ‘why are people left-handed’ as a mystery, it’s just one of many differences that makes humans unique in their behavior and functions.
Whatever reason it may be, Southpaws are alright in my book!
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my article. Leave a comment below on what you think about lefties!
– Mark G