I agree with you KT. I just recently joined this site and the sense of community followed by the warm welcome I received instantly had me hooked. Lately I've seen several articles of how to make money from this site, and how to advertise your own. It made me start thinking, I love Hubpages, but have mixed emotions about earning from it.
It isn't like this is going to change my love for hubbing, but I could do without the constant advertising, and the desire to earn from what I consider the most sacred thing I am capable of doing.
To me, self-expression through writing, painting, or sculpture, should earn respect or other non-monetary praise that would please the creator personally. I understand career artists and writers, but taking money making to this extent seems personally wrong to me.
I'm not a huge fan of advertising of any kind and believe that capitalism and economics, are just other words for the science of greed. I'm an idealist, and wont take the one passion and sell it to someone else.