“Man, do I ever hate that phrase, giving back.
I agree, it just rubs me the wrong way. I think it has to do with the connotation of “owing”. Not “give”, but “give back” like it’s a debt.
There is just something lefty/irritating about it.
“giving back” terminology has a certain “obligatory” feel to it so I understand your discomfort.
As for me?
“Nihil esse grato animo honestius”
(Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.) Seneca~