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A Different Kind of Hate

August 13, 2010
By ListenToTheNonsense320 PLATINUM, Hallandale Beach, Florida
ListenToTheNonsense320 PLATINUM, Hallandale Beach, Florida
44 articles 4 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." -Beatrice Evelyn Hall.
"Stones are raw, they blunt my paw, but words will never hurt me." (The Sight, David Clement-Davies) And many more...

I've become a victim of a different kind of hate. I'll bet it's seldom spoken of. Most may not realize the harm just as I didn't at first. It sounds meaningless and it might as well be a joke to most. At first I almost went along with it, little did I know the words were burning a hole in my heart.

I am a left-handed girl. Now, "what are you whining about?" people may say. I sound silly as I speak, but words have gotten to me, I've felt low just for holding a pencil on the opposite hand as everyone else. I've had friends whom have have said that left-handed people will go to Hell. That the Devil likes left-handed people. I am no Devil-Worshipper and I don't believe that the fact that I can't use a gel-ink pen because when I write I drag the ink means that when it comes to my judgement day, I will be sent to Hell with those who have committed murder, rape, and other unthinkable, immoral acts.

I am fifteen going on sixteen and my father still refuses to believe that I am actually left-handed. He believes that I do it as to "rebel", to be "different", he thinks it's a choice, that you learn to be more accessible with a certain hand from a young age, all words which are false. My younger brother once held an item with his left-hand when he was only a year old and my grandfather kept taking it away and putting it on his right hand. I found it odd, considering at the time he had an easier time with the left, so I encouraged him. Boy, was that a mistake. My grandfather yelled at me and once again, switched my brother's object from the left hand to the right. I cried myself to sleep that night, I stopped to think if maybe I was a mistake. Was my family disappointed in me for reaching for objects with the "wrong hand"? That question remains unanswered in my subconscious.

"Jesus sits on God's right side", the Catholic Church decided centuries ago that left-handed people were servants of the Devil. Those who attended Catholic schools were forced to learn to write with their right. This was, until researchers found that the cause of being left-handed was something one was born with, not a choice. But the church always has to find something sinful on anyone who's "different" than themselves. "I have two left-feet." While this may just be a mere saying, it hurts. It is said a left-handed shake is thought to be disrespectful, that right is the correct way. The left side of anything has been frowned upon in many countries and cultures throughout history.

Now, there are also some positive stereotypes said about left-handed people. Things such as that they make better Tennis and Baseball players, that they are considerably more intellectual, and in some tribes, that they possessed special spiritual abilities like magic and healing. In Tantras Buddhism, the left hand represents wisdom. Yet, I am not exceptional in any sports and if anything, I am intimidated by the intelligence of my peers, especially my close friends. I have no talent nor superior intelligence, so what am I? Was I a mistake even to my own people? This question also remains buried in my subconscious.

Society has created many tools and rules that are more efficient for right handed people. You might find it dumb, but simple things as scissors are more accessible for right handed people, computer mouses, watches, and so forth. I prefer using my laptop because it doesn't have a mouse, so it's easier for me to play around on the computer with the little pad. So yes, some words have gotten to me, they've made me feel low, discriminated, like an outcast. Some of my closest friends have sometimes stared at me and then asked, "How are you able to do that with your left?" in such an astonished matter I could've sworn I was levitating right before their eyes. I'd simply smile back and ask, "how are you able to do it with your right?"

I'm proud of the hand I use answer the phone with, I love positioning myself on the opposite side when I'm up to bat during a Softball ball game, where everyone can see and many have pointed out, "wow, she's a leftie", just as I love spotting left-handed people of the opposite team and calling them "my people". I enjoy being a minority, being part of something most people will never be, to do something most others can't. I suppose I really am different in that matter, but I couldn't be gladder. I look around and everyone's right-handed, right-handed look around and everyone's the same as them. Lefties are the ones who truly leave an impact on people, for the scarcity of them around the world.

Here's a little secret I bet will sound surprising to many of you. I myself am as fascinated by right handed people and their way of handling tools as they are of myself and my way of handling them.

The author's comments:
This may sound of low importance, but 'tis true. There are negative words spoken about left-handed people that affect them. I have such an easy time using my left hand that I sometimes look at all the right-handed people out there and wonder how they're able to use their right hand with such ease.

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This article has 17 comments.

on Jan. 23 2012 at 8:14 pm
DavidBliss BRONZE, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
Since We are all different, We are truly all the same!

There have/been plenty of FAMOUS people who are left handed . its been scientifically proven that people who are left handed tend to be smarter than the rest. BE happy about that, its good to be different.

rockyraccoon said...
on Jun. 26 2011 at 4:40 am
rockyraccoon, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
today tommorow next month next year all look remarkably gray.

it doesn't count its not intentiol its convient there are fewer lefties than righteis also christians and all branches of that religion dislike lefties it was considered a devil sighn and some idiots still belive it.

on Feb. 11 2011 at 7:50 am
taboomonster123 BRONZE, Herndon, Virginia
2 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
Never do anything you don't want to have to explain to the paramedics.

I'm sorry you have people in your life who are so biased they can't see you for who you are, rather than how you function. I really like this piece!

on Oct. 20 2010 at 2:14 pm
oddballinthegroup GOLD, Wausau, Wisconsin
18 articles 1 photo 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
pinaple is my favorite vegitable

i wish i were left handed it ewould make me even more uniqe i liked your story

P R I M O said...
on Sep. 8 2010 at 9:06 pm

on Sep. 6 2010 at 3:38 pm
Purpledragon17, Schomberg, Other
0 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"When the world feels like its going to end, just remember, that its already tomorrow in Australia"

I was left handed in kindergarden, but I always felt weird holding the pencil in my left hand while everyone else didn't... i learned to be righthanded, but I wish I never did. I write like a leftie would with my right, and exhibit characteristics of a leftie. everyone I admire is left handed.

Be happy you are unique to this world. because lefthanded people ARE AWESOME!!

please keep on writing, you're very good at it

chespy said...
on Sep. 5 2010 at 10:18 pm

Don´t give up the fight.


on Sep. 5 2010 at 12:05 pm

I thought it was amazing! I did not know you were so much of a writer. WRITE. MORE!

P.S. u'll nvr guess who it is!

on Sep. 5 2010 at 10:51 am
ListenToTheNonsense320 PLATINUM, Hallandale Beach, Florida
44 articles 4 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." -Beatrice Evelyn Hall.
"Stones are raw, they blunt my paw, but words will never hurt me." (The Sight, David Clement-Davies) And many more...

Wow, thanks so much guys, really. Your comments mean a lot to me. =3

RJ724 said...
on Sep. 4 2010 at 3:00 pm
This is incredible, I would have never thought that this goes on, you're amazing. Keep on writing!

NicoleL said...
on Sep. 2 2010 at 3:54 pm
5 Stars hunny! This is so well written and deserves everyones attention :)

JeSsIkAtR said...
on Aug. 28 2010 at 1:00 pm
Dani I really enjoyed your article. And I love how you put that you called left-handed people "your people" because I remember you saying that. Good work :)

on Aug. 28 2010 at 11:19 am
ListenToTheNonsense320 PLATINUM, Hallandale Beach, Florida
44 articles 4 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." -Beatrice Evelyn Hall.
"Stones are raw, they blunt my paw, but words will never hurt me." (The Sight, David Clement-Davies) And many more...

Thank you so much guys, I honestly didn't expect to get such positive comments and reviews. I'm glad people have taken an interest in this topic because it really was tearing a whole in my heart without me even realizing it and writing this was my way of venting. Thank you so much guys.

on Aug. 21 2010 at 10:21 pm
-LeftBehindBroken- GOLD, Providence, South Carolina
16 articles 0 photos 73 comments

Favorite Quote:
Artists paint on canvas; Musicians paint on silence


on Aug. 20 2010 at 6:14 pm
Lalalovable SILVER, Antioch, California
7 articles 1 photo 50 comments
Wow! I'm sorry you had to go through this.i'm left handed and i've never been discrimanated against.  good job on writing this article.

on Aug. 18 2010 at 5:44 pm
thebushhippie PLATINUM, Sandown, New Hampshire
24 articles 0 photos 49 comments

Favorite Quote:
Leave behind your own footprints! :0)

Wow, I never really thought about that before. I'm a rightie, and sometimes I'll try to do something with my left hand and it'll end up being horrible. Does that happen when you use your right hand? Now that you mention it, I can think of a ton of things made to be used with a right hand. That should change!!! This article was really well- written. Great job and thanks for writing!

on Aug. 18 2010 at 4:54 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1632 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

I find it surprising that left-handed people are still the target of such discrimination. I'm so sorry that this happened to you. I found it to be a metaphor for all things that people can't help but are discriminated for. Thanks for writing this.