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In life, consider the two types of acceptance; mandatory acceptance and approved acceptance. We need to consciously differentiate between them, except what cannot be changed and minimize the emotional stress of mandatory acceptance. Always except truth within fact and find fact within truth. For example, accepting the rule of law is truly accepting the offer of governance at any level of civic authority. Can acceptance be conditioned and is it always associated with or in response to an offer? How carefully do you scrutinize the worth of what you receive, believe, agree to, or take into possession? What is your acceptance level in matters of reality, polarity, religion and spirituality.

Acceptance in the news this week: we begin with the young man who, amazingly, received acceptance from all eight Ivy League schools. The young man from New York, who is the son of two nurses and plans to study medicine, said that his initial choice was Yale. Yet, he is waiting to see what the other schools offer before making his choice. Of the 253,472 students who applied, only a little more that 22,500 received acceptance letters from the prestigious Ivy League schools (Chicago Tribune). According to the Wall Street Journal, however, the Ivy League school’s acceptance rate is still higher than Wal-Mart’s acceptance of job applicants as new hires. Next, Britain’s chief medical officer is alarmed by clothes retailers and media acceptance of being overweight, which transfers into the media promoting overweight as “normal.” The chief medical officer, according to The Guardian, claims that “larger mannequins are being introduced into clothes shops; ‘size inflation’ means that clothes with the same size label have become larger in recent decades; and news stories about overweight often feature pictures of severely obese people, which are unrepresentative of the majority of the overweight population.” Certainly, the public will usually accept what the media claims or reports as being the “in” thing. Public acceptance, on the other hand, seems in shorter supply for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). According to the StarTribune, the end of the six month enrollment period has generated much thought concerning how the program can gain greater public acceptance in the future. Citing several problems, such as consumers lacking clear information, the customer “unfriendliness” of the current enrollment process and insurance markets, and the fact that more than half of the states have decided to hold off on expanding Medicaid to cover the poor has done little to win the hearts and minds of the people. Add to this the GOP promises to do away with the Affordable Care Act as soon as they have a congressional majority and one can begin to understand why the American public is slow to completely accept the Affordable Care Act.

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