Who should wave the red flag?

Everyone has a red flag. Rarely do we use it unless we need to. If the beach is dangerous, the lifeguard will wave his red flag – that’s part of his job. Waving the flag dictates the presence of danger, but not waving the flag is the biggest danger of all.

How can someone help, if the flag has not been waved? Often you won’t wave your own flag, but look for someone to wave it for you. Its a kind of catch-22 – how can they wave your flag, if you won’t wave it yourself?

But sometimes you have. Maybe not right now, but sometimes you’ve waved it before, and hope that nobody forgets – or at least, not those who you care for, and can only hope for the same back.

And if you haven’t, fly it. If it’s a dangerous situation, the flag must be flown. Don’t leave it until it’s too late, because lateness is worse than disapproval.

The flag is delicate – it can tarnish the way you’re seen. Fly it once, you will be supported. Fly it twice, support will return to help. Fly it a thousand times, and you’ll eventually be branded with the words nobody wants to be: Attention Seeker.

Who even notices when the flag flies? We all have a duty of care, to our friends, family and loved ones. Do we take action ourselves, and hope that our own knowledge is enough to save the day? Or do we forward it up the chain, and hope they know what to do? Noticing the raised flag is one thing, but raising our own in support of others is truly the purpose of the flag.

Either way, ignoring the flag or worse downplaying it is neither helpful of useful for it’s owner. Fly your flag and nobody responds? Where else can you turn? Fly your flag and people only watch? Obviously nobody cares.

But that’s not right. Nothing is. See, if your flag isn’t noticed or taken seriously, fly it higher. Shove it in their face, like the smugness of being right in an argument. But whatever you do, don’t give up, because despite however many colour-blind people there are, there’s always one who will understand.