When Anonymous Monk wrote that Perl was dying, my first response was rage that someone was talking that way about my beloved Perl. However, the article was well-written, the comments presented in a reasonable, non-trollish way, and I found myself having to take a closer look at Perl, why I used it, and where I thought it was going.
My conclusions didn't change. I'm still using Perl, I still intend to use it, and I believe it will be around for a while yet. But Anonymous Monk did a service by requiring me to think about what Perl meant to me. Like many people, I tend to get into ruts, habits that become familiar, comfortable, and eventually stagnating. It doesn't make much sense to challenge everything, every day - but it does make sense to question things every now and then, to review whether this or that habit is still working for me, or whether I would be better served by something else. Anonymous Monk shook me out of my comfortable drowsiness, got me angry, and forced me to take another look. No, I'm not ready to make any changes just yet - but I didn't really know that until I took the time to think about it. So thank you, Anonymous Monk, for p*ssing me off and forcing me to reflect. I still don't agree with you, but now I at least have some idea why I don't. Oh, and BTW, your fears of being severely downvoted weren't realized. More people upvoted your node, than downvoted it.
Update: The link to this node was inoperative when I last checked. However, this external link might work. Thanks to ww and Arunbear for their suggestions regarding linking to the article.