Have you noticed that new worlds, lands, concepts, inventions, and ideas are generally the work of the few insightful, courageous people, willing to stand on their own beliefs, and not the work of the many, who have few original thoughts of their own?
Why is it you put so much stock in popular opinion, when it has never been the cause of human advancement?
Why are the rest of society always playing catch up, with regards to the beliefs the adventurous and insightful few hold?
I think the reason is that people would rather be wrong about their beliefs, than be ridiculed for them! What this means if it is true is that, your personal ego is always more concerned about how it looks to others, than guiding you to more accurate ways of thinking!