Having lofty content that is unreachable for casual players is an important draw of MMOs. I never once thought "Yeah, I should get a Relic" in FFXI. I didn't have the time or commitment. But I didn't stomp my feet and hold my breath until Tanaka made it easy, I went on with my life.
If two players play for 20 hours a week but player x strings those 20 hours together and player y has to space those 20 hours in bits and pieces does that make player x superior to player y? I don't think anyone is asking for anything free, I want to work at achieving stuff just as much as the next person, but I hope I can work at it with the time that I have.
I also hope there is a place for small group stuff in the end game, I personally really enjoy the ability to communicate in a more close knit setting and just do not particularly enjoy being a face in the crowd while the select two people in the group are the only ones allowed talk or else it becomes a communication nightmare, and understandably so. I think it would be awesome to be able to lan it up with a couple friends and actually tackle high end stuff. Anyways now I am just day dreaming about my favorite gaming experiences!