I’ve felt that frustration as well. I think we all have, and I’m on the same page on most of what you said. For example, Kurt Vonnegut advises writers to “throw out the first two pages” because they’re usually unnecessary fluff.
To be clear, what I’m advocating for is to begin with a story that draws in readers to the main point. On sites like Medium, we’re not writing research papers. We’re writing stories about life and humanity.
For my first year writing on Medium, I was only focused on delivering the goods: writing content and advice that I thought was useful. But I didn’t embrace the human element enough. Then a stranger called me out on my boring writing, and that changed everything.
In short, we need both: rational arguments (i.e. a thesis we’re working to prove) and human stories that help readers understand the argument in a relatable context.