Who is the baby, and what is the bathwater? That's the basic question we all have to answer.
The baby is whatever the project that people work on, and the bathwater is the technology that they pick. The whole and holy purpose is to use the technology to solve real world problems in scope of the project - certainly not to solve the problems with the technology picked. Pick the right technology, you only need to spend minimum amount of one's time on serving the techenology; while picking the wrong techonology, for example perl, you are forced to spend a big chunck of your effrot serving perl - to suffer, and subsequently less to no time to make the project right - to fulfill the real world requirements the best.