Hi there. Read your post and about your statement.
I hope I am not long winded but I am able to give you a general guide on what is photography about.
Photography isn't just about buying a camera to take pictures. It is a live long passionate and enjoyable hobby for many.
In order to start off on the right footing, may I suggest that you read up on photography, there are plenty of beginners reference materials that are available online, the public library and bookstores. A good source is the photography books section at Kinokuniya Orchard, a vast selection of photography books of all level is available . Browse for books on photography for beginners.
Begin by reading up the basics of digital photography. Then general photography books about the general controls of a camera. Once you have an idea about what is involved and what is required for photography in general, may I suggest that to start off, get a used advanced compact camera or a used entry level DSLR camera. This way you will be able to learn about photography without much cost and difficulty. Also you will not be overwhelmed with all the controls of more advanced cameras.
The next step is to read the camera manual front to back and learn to use the camera really well. Next is to read up on books about the creative art of photography.
When you are confident on the usage of the advanced compact camera or entry DSLR camera and is able to set and use the camera to capture pictures that are satisfactory, then prepare yourself to have full manual control of the camera and use it to its full potential.
From here onwards if you are still interested on photography, my suggestion is that you practice to take pictures whenever possible, continue to read, join club outings, take up courses on advanced photography and digital editing & etc.
When you have truly hit the limit of your gear by then, you will be well and truly prepared to make your own choices to decide on what is the next camera and lenses to buy.