First I want to talk about the harem tag in novels and how it gets too much undeserved flak. I understand some people don't like harem or polygamy due to personal morals such as being monogamous that is forced to us by our community from a young age. I won't be referring to these kind of people in this thread. I would be referring to those that think that harem=bad character development. If in a novel the harem participants have 2d personalities and with passage of time they get put on some self like they are a collectible item , you don't blame the harem tag. Rather you blame the author for failing to make acceptable characters. I don't remember the harem tag allowing you to not have character development or 3 dimensional characters. I doubt if said author wrote a story without the harem tag he would any better. He would still fail to make any decent characters with the only difference there might be is that it would be harder to spot. I believe people should flame those that need to flamed (authors that don't know how to make proper characters) and not put blame where is undeserved. I hear and read constantly how stupid it is to kill or punish someone who face slapped or ruined your reputation when similar or worse things happen irl. People project their modern day values on a completely different society that has completely different needs and values. Cultivators puprsue immortality , so how they are viewed towards fellow cultivators or the general public is important. Literally in our modern day society most people act how they act in the pretense that they need to be viewed in a certain way. Mega corporations donate money to the poor so they can act like they help humanity when they actually want to divert attention from their shady actions. Individuals do selfless acts not because they are saints but because they want to become popular or loved. When you go and shatter that image what do you think will happen ? They are gonna thank you ? They most likely will get back at you. In a dog eats dog world killing an "enemy" is one of the most common acts and in a lot of cases it can be considered merciful towards the individual compared to other options. A lot of these points is portrayed rather well in Astral Pet Store. Cultivators demand respect from those weaker than them because a) they are protecting them from general harm (beasts), b) in order to reach a certain cultivation realm and you don't have a rare heaven defying talent means you have put a lot of effort and you have withstood quite a bit of pain. So having someone come and disregard your effort and hardships in front of your peers without retaliation is hard to imagine. Usually the easiest way to retaliate is through death (as any other option is usually not worth it due to lower strength unless you have a treasure) if he is of lower strength or doing something humiliating (like lowering one's head) if of same strength. So stop projecting morals or practices on a completely different society as if they are perfect or the correct way of doing things as I last checked we are still divided and fight over silly things when we could advance as a species.