Do we want to be Python? Do we want to be Ruby? I would like Perl to be Perl. If I wanted Perl tu be Python, I'd use Python.
And this helps with attracting new developers to Perl exactly how? Or selling Perl to your pointy-haired boss? IMHO these two things should be the driving force ATM. The community's predominant underground attitude is cool, but Perl is not only a hobby of mine anymore, it also pays my bills and as such is a commercial tool in which I have commercial interest.