alot of folks feel the same way, carry what you want or what you're comfortable carrying (comfort weight). with advances in technology, you can save weight without giving up the comforts. shelters are now lighter, not much tradeoff there. the same could be said about lots of camping items. you don't have to leave certain things behind, but if you want to buy new ones you have the option of getting much lighter versions that often have just as much utility if not more.
common backpacker packweights of today are easily 20 lbs. lighter than they were 15 years ago while carrying roughly the same type items, that's a big difference even if you are just hiking on the weekend. if you're canoe camping without portages, or car camping, weight may not even be an issue, but today's gear is often better in other ways as well, like better comfort, new features, etc...