Another reason is if in the office the person who is initiating the protest will be always in the front. All senior people and management will notice this and afterwards, when a chance comes they will try to take revenge on him. So intelligent people who want the facility at the same time don't want to be in the bad books of seniors and management will try to provoke others and from the back, they will be seeing fun. They will be in the front for those activities which will be appreciated by the management.
So this is not a weakness but a diplomatic move in offices.
I don't think for crossing the signal we wait for others to cross. I don't do it. As soon as I see the light green, I start crossing, I don't wait for others to cross. I will mostly be in a hurry and have no time to waste on the road. At times when I am day dreaming, I might miss to see the signal and only start crossing when I see others crossing. That is not because I want to follow them, but that I missed to see the signal turning into green.
It is always good to take initiative as only if you fight for your rights, you will be rewarded. If you wait for others, may be you will never be able to react. Do justice to yourself.
"Do not give up, things might not favour you always"
We hurry to meet our superiors thinking that a few minutes delay would upset him/her.Yet we put up with the opposite, waiting for long periods at meetings and the supervisor's chambers to get a simple thing done.
It's the hesitation to begin, fear of being the first as we will stand out in the crowd, fear of reprisal, fear of a payback. lastly, once somebody gets the ball rolling, then we are comfortable because we are now one among the lot and not the first of the lot.
This will happen as long as there is a fear of a backlash, maybe our children would be slightly different.
Service to mankind is service to God.
" Be Good and Do Good "