The Sinister

2 Jul

“It has been suggested by those who believe in a genetic cause for left-handedness that such genes are linked as well with an increased tendency to be accident-prone, schizophrenic, depressed, suicidal and criminal- but all these conditions are just as likely to be the simple and direct result of being left-handed in a world designed for right-handed people.

A minority who also, perhaps as a consequence of having to deal with such discrimination, have produced more than their fair share of super-acheivers of a wayward kind, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Charlie Chaplin, Julius Caesar, Babe Ruth, two of the four Beatles and an astonishing four out of the last five Presidents of the United States.

It makes sense somehow that the aloof George Bush and the accident-prone Gerald Ford should have been left-handed, and even the long-haired young Bill Clinton fits part of the rebellious sinistral stereotype, but would you have guessed that Ronald Reagan leaned towards the left?

Probably not. And yet Stanley Coren, probably the leading authority on the causes and consequences of being left-handed, recalls a conversation with a White House aide which suggests that Reagan was indeed naturally left-handed, though he seems to have gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal that fact- writing, throwing and gesturing with his right hand at all times in public. As part, perhaps, of a conscious campaign to be seen as an ‘insider’, one of us, someone in and of the ‘right’, instead of a man of only ten percent of the people?”

Dark Nature, Lyall Watson

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2 Responses to “The Sinister”

  1. Richard July 2, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    “more than their fair share of superachievers”?

    What I’d like to see an unbiased list of these ‘superachievers’ and then the left-handed proportion thereof, compared to the prior population distribution of left-handers. Otherwise I shall reject as nonsense all further claims in this piece!

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