@pleonasm - Well, if you like climbing, abseiling is sometimes going to be a part of that. And some people like it. The feeling of being completely free of the earth, swinging in the wind can be liberating.
And I guess you just get used to it as a part of the experience as well. I mean, serious rock climbers are often going to prefer it as a method of getting back down from a climb, since it's so much quicker than going hand over hand.
If you do it properly, the abseiling rope isn't going to hurt all that much and you'll be fairly safe as well.