On August 13, Left-Handers Day, one in ten individuals may rejoice. If you’re one of the select celebrants, you’re in good company. Some of the most prominent names in history were left-handed.
Despite stigmas once associated with being left-handed, society now concludes lefties are often creative geniuses whose great minds think far ahead of their time.
Shame on those old-school nuns who whacked left-handed pupils with the dreaded ruler while claiming that to use one’s left hand indicated the devil’s influence.
While many scientists have sparked a flame or two in their research laboratories, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton were no devils. These left-handed geniuses introduced theories of relativity, gravity and physics that define the workings of our universe.
Some of the world’s most celebrated works of art – Mona Lisa, Vitruvian Man, Pietà, Sistine Chapel ceiling – are creations of two left-handers, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Can you imagine their finger paints being taken away in grade school because they smeared blue streaks with their left hands?
Perhaps musicians evidence the most impressive display of left-handed dexterity. From violins to trumpets, the lineup includes Beethoven, Cole Porter, Jimi Hendrix and Wynton Marsalis.
So to all you lefties out there I say, “take up your unique talent, tap into your inner genius and celebrate Left-Handers Day”. What exceptionally creative marvel will you present today?