I hated it until I started using safety razors - one notch below straight edges but far more manly and more satisfying than wussy modern five blade models.
Now I get to whip up a lather with a brush made from dead animal hair, slop it on my face, and slice off hairs with a blade sharp enough to peel flesh from my body.
An excellent choice!
Shaving used to give me that feeling that my face was burning; I'm not sure if it was the cream or the razor, but I don't care any more.
Gone are the days when I would pay about 3~4 dollars for a bloody razor head and have a feeling of no control over what I was doing.