Very nice article, Craig. It addresses the desire to go light in many aspects of our lives, in which light backpacking is one manifestation. I 'went light' very dramatically when I got divorced and threw away 99% of all my possessions. It was very liberating and I never looked back. I was spending a huge portion of my salary buying stuff to maintain the other 'stuff' I had- in an ever expanding spiral of spend-acquire-maintain. Too often in life our stuff owns us, not the other way around.
Choosing a small number of high quality friends, experiences, and possessions, even a smaller amount of quality food, makes life richer, not poorer.
Much like the observation that lighter gear leads to a lighter pack, lighter shoes etc.. lightening one aspect of my life affected the others. I now have time for quality relationships, not a bunch of useless ones. Less stuff to maintain, more money in the bank. It has totally turned my financial and personal future around for the better.
I encourage others to lighten their life. Rid yourself of some dead weight, negative influences, paperwork, bodyweight(I lost 10 lbs of fat), and so on. Simplify your life.
That moped looks cool; Honda's are low-maintenance, right? :)