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Life for those who use the left side always costs a little more. For every ten school benches, there is only one — lucky-meant to be left-handed . And when we sit on this one, it feels strange, even stranger. It's just that we got used to a world where left-handed was considered taboo , diabolical or unacceptable . In fact, most utensils and designs were created for right-handed people. Therefore, we had no choice but to adapt to the external rules of play, since there was no room for us, nor for our recognition.
However, things have changed over time. We went from being repressed to becoming a select and particular group . We're still a novelty. Even, there is never a person who opens his eyes with astonishment to see us put the pencil on the sheet. Thus, we learned to form a small community that does not distinguish sex, race, ethnicity, or geographical boundaries. This happens in any city, be it Paraná, Buenos Aires, Berlin or Tokyo. No matter how much we know next door or not, it is enough for him to reveal it and immediately become a brother. We celebrate it, understand each other and know with certainty that we are going against it .
Statistics say it: we live on a planet that goes to the right. Only 10 percent of the world's population is left-handed. That's how we're born, we don't make ourselves. So it is in vain to force ourselves to be something else. We are surrounded by countless myths and superstitions. Some more flattering than others. Rumor has it that we are more creative and intelligent, or that we live less . But no one can tell us about the difficulties of maneuvering a scissor, executing a musical instrument and even using cutlery. We know it from first source, don't bother.
Every 13 August is commemorated International Left-handed Day . It is carried out with the aim of raising awareness of the obstacles that may be presented to those of us who belong to that minority . The origin of the celebration dates back to 1976 , when the American Dean Campbell took the initiative to highlight our uniqueness in the face of so much discrimination . The date was not a random fact, but this number is associated by convention with bad luck . So, the choice had to do with eliminating prejudices , given that in ancient times many generations of children were punished for this.
Then, in the 1990s , The Left Handers Club took the proposal and made it global. Thus, in 1992 it organized a meeting that ended up being massive and, from there, became an annual celebration - Yeah . However, the purpose of this organization is not merely recreational, but also works in research . He is also engaged in the development of elements and products and even advises companies related to the problem.
Currently , those of us on the left have special notebooks, rulers, sharpeners, computer keyboards and adapted pens. Similarly, there are corkscrews with reverse spirals, softball gloves, guitars and even watches whose hands go in the opposite direction. Finally, our adversities and frustrations were heard in the consumer society, generating a market dedicated to making things easier for us .
Among the celebrities who stand out for being left-handed are musicians Charly García, Gustavo Cerati, Jimi Hendrix, Noel Gallagher and Paul McCartney. Also, athletes Guillermo Vilas, Rafael Nadal or Diego Maradona. But the list continues with businessman Bill Gates; politicians Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.Not to mention the actors Charles Chaplin, Robert de Niro, Diane Keaton, Julia Roberts or Judy Garland. Which inevitably leads to the question: who is laughing now?
Publication Date: 13/08/2020
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