Is Monetization Evil?

I'm building an app right now, my first iOS app.  It's simple, and I don't necessarily expect it to be a blockbuster.  As a matter of fact, I'm not building it to make money at all.  I'm building it for the experience, as you do.  But I'm giving a lot of thought to monetization because hey, just maybe it could get big.

My super-power is multiplicative!

Which has lead me to think quite a bit recently about monetization.  I think that in some circles, monetization is a bit of a taboo topic.  After all, shouldn't everything be free?!?!  I mean, I'm a developer, an agent for human good.  I should use these skills for the betterment of the human race!  My super-power, while still relatively uncommon, when paired with the super-powers of others is multiplicative!  In light of that, should I not do everything I possibly can to make the product of my skills as widely available as I can, and for free?

Well, yes, and no.  I should make my skills as widely available as I can, but not for free.

"But why not free?" you might ask.

If we ignore those locally in favor of those global, we do a disservice to those around us that are most in need

It's a pretty simple equation, actually:  If my family cannot eat, if they do not have a roof over their head, if they don't have the medical coverage that they need, then I have failed in my first duty, which is not to the human race, but is more specifically to my family.  How can I provide for the general human race if I cannot provide for those closest to me?  Global thinking is great, but if we ignore those locally in favor of those global, we do a disservice to those around us that are most in need.

In light of that, I can honestly say that monetization is not evil.  Monetization is a means to, instead, provide for those around us.