I watch a lot of television. Whether I'm on an Uber ride home, or studying for a final with my room locked, I always leave something playing in the background. Not only do I function better with the sound of something familiar running, but I also find it very comforting.
Then there are days I have more time, so I sit in front of my TV with an assortment of snacks to munch on, and watch something deeply uncomfortable. However, this weekend as I sat there with my pack of chips watching The Platform, my stomach turned and I had to keep the chips aside.
A movie well known for its gory scenes, it wasn't the violence in it that made me lose my appetite. It was the depiction of the very real problems in our society and the parallels between it and this seemingly dystopian world. The depiction of overconsumption and unequal distribution of basic needs, while extreme, were very well put together and made me very uncomfortable. But it was for good reason.
Being uncomfortable can sometimes be good.