Mine cringes but I think each have some positives and some negatives. I felt that iOS 6 had gotten a bit "stale" but I don't believe this move was necessarily the correct fix for that.
Pros and Cons to both, obviously. And I was skeptical at first, but you have an unfair comparison going on. Your iOS 6 screenshot has non default applications there in folders, etc. The iOS 7 screenshot you used is default, with no changes. I think once you get your hands on iOS 7 and can play around with it you'll change your opinion. That happened to me.
That said I still think the preferences and Safari icons are ugly, but hopefully they'll change at least a little bit.
I cringe, because iOS 6 looks so bad next to iOS 7
I don't want to go back to iOS 6, I am happy with iOS 7 and what they have done across the entire OS.
I get what you're saying. That said, I was so exceedingly bored with the old style that I really don't care that the new interface is straight out of the Fisher Price labs... for now.