If you were around in the '60s, you might recall Jimi Hendrix singing, “I’m gonna wave my freak flag high.”
The term became shorthand for letting people know you didn't buy into the conventional thinking, that you had a different angle on things and were proud to put it out there.
Most of us don't have the guts to fly our flag, afraid of what others might think, of upsetting teachers, bosses, and other authority figures who have the power to screw up our lives if we step too far out of bounds, of being seen as "weird" or "off the wall" by friends and family. The phrase "Go along to get along," sums this up neatly.
So, we keep our mouths shut and pretend that we belong to the herd, while keeping our antennas tuned for others who can tell crap from cupcakes.
Thing is, you can't change minds unless you fly your flag, challenge your friends' and associates' beliefs, invite them to reconsider their assumptions.
Do you care enough to run it up the flagpole?