Nobody expects that the 7-11 would treat them fairly. It isn’t expected. That would be way too much to ask, but when they enter they see a display of junk food, as that is typically what the 7-11 sells. You don’t find peace of mind in a Slurpee. You would have wanted to avoid it, but with the same garish packaging everywhere everything seems to mitigate against that option. You could try picking the orange, or the apple. It looks like it is sitting there inexplicably, in the Garden of Eden (asking you to avoid temptation). Or else maybe they have run out of fruit. Do you want that mozzarella stick? That is an insultingly small healthy alternative, kind of insultingly small. Not a powerful weapon, then, to fight the temptations with. What 7-11 means to do, however, is to sell you ‘junk’ food. That is more apropos. The buyer knows it — the two pieces of fruit is due to political pressure.
Seems to me, like the basic fact is that the atmosphere is hostile. Then how do you actually live? It is not easy to live in an atmosphere like that. As a consequence of the total hostility, a taint in the outside atmosphere of our human existence, one has to find a sort of narrow path to virtue. And you need to follow that path in an environment that is hostile, as I think I already mentioned.
It’s an inhospitable atmosphere. Generally speaking, this is the case so you will need to fight back. The atmosphere is sure to be hostile. To fight, the individual finds a justification, a strategy. You have to thread your way through any narrow openings that may be offered. Persons living on a normal, low-income level, or an ordinary existence, as opposed to the existence of a millionaire politician hedge-fund broker have their world-views, just like anybody else would, and what they see is a rather suffocating atmosphere. But this is normal. You have to understand that it is normal to them. What the radical intellectuals do not get here is that they are not going to protest normal life. Now, it is possible they do know better. And if they know better, which is possible, maybe they have the remedy somewhere but as an aspect of their private life—this is not something you do in public. For example, they might not buy junk food at the 7-11, because they are keeping something better at home. In the refrigerator no doubt.
Otherwise, they eat this junk food. They are not fighting it or protesting it. As for the two pieces of fruit in the whole store, I just do not think that changes what I am talking about. You end up eating the junk food, in a junky’s world, filled with preservatives. And you can die from this; it is not exactly funny, that. In any case what the average person sees is that they see these atrocities around them. What you see in the world needs to be accepted. They accept it because this is the baseline normal. It could be entertainment, convenience stores, or something you see at the movies: But crap is the norm.
Yes, the 7-11 can be a truly horrific place but there’s nothing you can do about it.