Hmm, I guess that's true, but the thing is that Perl went all the way from old skool to post-modern in one fell swoop, missing out that whole modern thing. Modern is so 20th Century.
And what's wrong with a few unneeded modules anyway? Ever heard of programming for fun, hmm? If it had not been for frivolous code, we might never have had Acme::MetaSyntactic. What a catastrophe that would have been.