Originally Posted by elucidate
Isn't the difference that the lion needs to eat to survive?
Pedophiles have desires they choose to fulfill. They don't NEED to molest a child to survive...they do it because they want to.
Both examples are just movements of life. Life is not distinguishing between good/bad, needs/wants. Hunger appears to the lion and so it hunts the zebra. It's not deciding to get hungry at 3pm. Similarly, the pedophile doesn't sit down on his couch one day and decide to take up molesting children as a hobby. The urge or the interest in molesting children arises spontaneously, usually from past conditioning. Life excludes nothing. No movement is out of place, nothing is opposing or separate from that movement, ever.
Good/bad are distinctions made within the mind to try to make sense of what's going on. In some contexts this can be useful but it is important to clearly see that it has been imagined and that life is not operating with a brownie point system or watching to see if the person has been good this year. When these distinctions are taken beyond their useful context and applied to everything the person experiences it is bound to cause suffering. The inevitable, 'why is this happening to me!? I've been volunteering at the homeless shelter every day and never say anything bad to anyone!' etc. or the justification to demonize others behavior and create separation wherever you go.