Don't ever just take things at face value.
Often things that appear to be one thing are really another. Sort of like a wolf in sheep's clothing, ya know?
A friend of mine sent me nice little short story that illustrates this point perfectly!
"One day my mother was out and my dad was watching me.
Someone had given me a little tea set as a get-well gift and it was one of my favorite toys.
Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought Daddy a little cup of tea, which was just water.
After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home.
My Dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was just the cutest thing!
My Mom waited, and sure enough, here I come down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy and she watches him drink it up.
Then she says, (as only a mother would know..?)
'Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?'
You see what I mean? The point I'm trying to make here is that you and I should question anything and everything that's given to us, especially if it supposedly for our benefit.
A government program, a state free food pantry, a new social assistance program...any of these should be looked at very carefully before we allow ourselves to be the recipients of something that could cause us more grief that good.
There are many, many programs that help folks out through the hard times...and that's a good thing. That is the only way that some of us can get through when times are tough. As long as there are no strings attached, that's fine ! I support this type of assistance without reservation.
All I'm saying is that before blindly accepting whatever is offered, find out as much as you can! I just don't want you to accept something, and then wind up with a bad taste in your mouth, if you know what I mean!
Now, my friends, let's get some coffee and sit on the patio for a bit...don't worry, there's no strings attached!