People, Me, and a Red Light.

Muhammad Ridlo
2 min readApr 17, 2022


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I read a book named “The Tipping Point” which written by renowned author, Malcolm Gladwell. The book was specifically telling about how small things make big difference. But in this story, I won’t tell much about the points that were told in the book, but I take one case study in that book and I tried to test it with something opposed to it and see the result.

The case study was taken on a red light,when you’re the only one stopped on it, there’s that temptation to ignore the red light. And when suddenly you see somebody drive passing that red light, there’s a feeling that you’re being allowed by somebody to do so.

I saw that thing almost everyday, when I stopped on red light. And suddenly one person passed the red light, and other bikers will follow that one biker. The decision made was rather impulsive because you see someone do it, and immediately you feel that you can also do it.

Yesterday (by the time I write this story), I tried the opposite. Will it work the same way when you’ve got that sense being allowed by people already, can I create the sense of being obliged to do something.

To do that, I tested it on a red light near my house (not so near, but near enough), when the light shows red, there are almost no people stopped there if I observed correctly. And at that time, I tried to stop there, and see whether people will do the same or not ?

And guess what ?

Until the light showed green, nobody stopped with me lol. They kept ignoring the light, and drive pass through it.

I’m not so sure about the conclusion I made, but I assume that it’s people’s nature that they prefer to be allowed to do something rather than obliged to do something, because it requires no willingness, you can just do what you want to because you’re being allowed, but it’s not the same with the obligation.

So, what do you think ?

Ridlo, ngerasa aneh pas berhenti sendirian di tengah jalan wkwkwkwk.