I have had multiple reactions while catching up on this topic, but here are a few of the things that came to mind:
We are encouraged to have alts by how the marks shop is coded and what "pays the most" in forms of marks.
Clearly more alts is better than buying silver.
Just because someone else thinks it is recreational to go to the park or the mall not all of us like it.
It is not reliable to think you can get people to chime in and work like idiots on your projects for months and months.
In fact, villagers tend to wander of and get own deeds so they can fullfill their visions.
While we love community driven events, those are more gatherings for fun than to build someones castle or something.
Even if people gladly want to help on mending a tunnel or dredgeing a canal, we tend to end up doing it fairly alone most of the time.
This game is not meant to be easy mode, making everything real fast would devaluate our toons and we'd be more inclined to abandon them and the game.
We have tried WU and the faster phase and the single player modes and see we came back, cause the easy mode or the alone mode is not what we want.
Not even us that prefer to play by ourselves most of the time.
I have found some awesome friends I can idle with for hours without speaking but I know they are there if I want to speak.