Giving Back

For years, I've been uncomfortable with the idea of businesses or wealthy individuals "giving back" to their customers or the community at large.  The implication is that they either took something they weren't entitled to take, or they feel guilty about what they've earned and want to sooth their conscience.  As if profits were immoral.

There's nothing wrong with generosity, of course.  I think it should be celebrated.  I just don't think the people and organizations that are in a position to be generous should do so because they "owe" anybody anything.

In a relatively free market (such as the ones that exist in most of the first world), the voluntary exchange of goods and services leaves both parties to the transaction better off.  This video explains in more detail, and with more clarity than anything else I've seen: