monkey see monkey do

have you ever noticed how much we are a nation of blindly following other people? no matter who they are. It happens everywhere you look but especially in traffic. Even in something as simple as stopping before a zebra crossing line.. it will always be dependant on the first person which stops there. If the first has stopped before the line, so will everyone else, otherwise they will all be over it. This applies to breaking a signal too.. if one person breaks the signal, you can be sure others will go along with them.

In office buildings, i’ve seen this rule apply to elevators as well. in our building, we’ve got clear sigs and a queue should be formed.. but it only happens IF the second person in comes and stands behind the first. In that case, i’ve witnessed queues upto 15 people long… however, if the second doesnt, then everyone crowds over the door literally fighting to get inside!

This phenomena leads me to believe one thing… a single person CAN make a difference! just like those first people who stop before a zebra crossing or the second persons getting in line behind the first, we do our little bits and maybe… just maybe.. we can make this city a better place to live in !! BE the role model, instead of following one.

7 Comments so far

  1. bublee (unregistered) on June 21st, 2006 @ 2:55 pm

    Totally agree! a bit like smiling @ a stranger, they give a confused smile back, pass it to someone else, and so on… the dominos effect begins! :)

    “No man is an island entire of itself…” (John Donne)

  2. yo yo (unregistered) on June 21st, 2006 @ 4:45 pm

    I think Pakistanis do that because they don’t really wanna be a laughing stock for others. I have seen myself people actually laugh on the road if someone is dressed differently or tries to be more disciplined.

    May be they just wanna stay with the crowd. With the literate they wanna be know as literate. With illiterate they wanna be know as illiterate.

  3. SWA (unregistered) on June 21st, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

    Great post :applause:

  4. danny (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2006 @ 12:08 am

    It’s called “herd mentality”.

    If you enjoyed this post, I’d recommend the book “The Tipping Point” by Malcom Gladwell — talks about social phenomena like the one in the post, and how a couple people can be the tipping point between civility and all out chaos.

  5. Faisal (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2006 @ 1:08 am

    Very true. Basically we all have to do our part to fix our condition and not follow other when they are doing something wrong.

  6. SWA (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2006 @ 4:43 am

    Yes, I enjoyed this post especially because I was reading Ralph Waldo Emerson for my literature class and his whole point for writing was for people to think for themselves and not imitate people and set examples by their own good behaviour. This post came along with perfect timing!

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2006 @ 11:45 am

    bubble: All hail the domino effect!! :D

    yo yo: both are very good reasons.. but which again go on to prove, where has our ‘own’ identity gone?

    swa: thankyou :)

    danny: i’ll try 2 get my hands on that one! thanks for pointing it out!

    faisal: hear hear ! let *us* be the catalyst for change!

    swa: thankyou again. Raplh waldo emerson, can u give me a title? i’d like to give it a read as well.

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