Charles, while I like your ideal, it’s not how life works. So others don’t rule us we need to be powerful. That means rulling others.To a certain extand it’s be enslaved or enslave. It’s the natural order the strong get favors from the weak. It set bad precedent and getting less and less, but I won’t hold my breath till it’s gone completely.
By the way, I bet the chinese emperor that lingchi guys that criticize his traveling is not really the one getting “offended”. Qing emperors were quite moderate except the last one (which is female acting as emperor). The one that suggest that the emperors should get offended is his political advisor.