Well you are going to find a lot of disappointments then. OS X is not Windows...
I appreciate the honesty; it's more respectable than excuses (i.e. "you can't cut files for your own protection," nothing worse than insulting my intelligence instead of owning up for the failure to modernize). Also, I appreciate that you mention the workaround for the lack of cut functionality, because right after leaving this thread I went to shift-select a range of files (in list view, of course) and cut them, and my blood started boiling. Now I know the workaround!
For what it's worth, you might be interested to learn that the problems generally aren't an OS-X-isn't-Windows thing. It's an all-modern-OSs-except-Mac thing. Ubuntu and Windows allow you to shift select a range of files. Ubuntu, Windows, Android, and iFile let you cut files.
The Mac way is different for sure. In my opinion, it's stubborn and locked down and no excuses will make it more acceptable to me. But I'm not whining about it, I'll just learn to deal and if I decide I can't handle it then I'll switch platforms.
The one thing I can say I am incredibly impressed by about Mac OS (which is really just an independent unofficial software hack, BetterTouchTool, in combination with the hardware clickpad, so it's not really a compliment about Mac OS per se) is the window management. Absolutely impressive and useful after disabling most of the Mac OS defaults and customizing my own.