The impression that I get from your... let's face it, moaning, is that when you were younger you could learn faster than now. It doesn't take rocket science to know the name for this: aging. Perhaps time is catching up with you but you shouldn't just blame it on a CMS that's the most popular blogging system on the Internet. Sometimes the problem is ours.
Why is my problem isolated to WordPress? I use new systems all the time. Only WordPress confounds me. I am not alone, as shown by philbooth's comments.
I think WordPress sells itself on simplicity, appealing to non programmers. Then, to provide all the features required, WordPress requires plugins and customization. Adding plugins and customizing WordPress is a form of programming, even though you don't call it that. By the time a person copes with understanding plugins, how to find them, how to make your own if you need them, you are programming in a WordPress world that is no easier than other programming worlds. The difference is the people who understand WordPress programming are in a world of their own, not understanding why programmers from other worlds would be confused by WordPress.
Any new system comes with a learning curve. WordPress is no different, in that respect, than any other piece of software.
WordPress is significantly harder to learn than many systems. I work with new systems all the time, it is how I make a living. WordPress stands out in its difficulty to grasp.
Select the Support link at the top of this or any page. The second item in the dropdown is "Documentation". Isn't that straightforward enough?
It would be if it did not lead to a page titled "WordPress Codex". It should lead to a page titled "WordPress Documentation." Also, it is common for WordPress people to refer to the "Codex" as if that is a term people should know. This is a great example of mystique creating confusion.
I think you are confusing "cult" with "community".
All cults are communities. If you have to say your community is not a cult, it is a cult.