Will Covid-19 make us zombies?
"People emptied of their substance and devoid of any will,"
says the dictionary.
The word invaded the TV shows and the newspaper stands.
Always anxious to surf the latest fashion, Bernard-Henri Lévy, the philosopher with the white shirt, seized it to stigmatize fear in the face of the virus which
"would like to condemn us to a life of zombies, won by mistrust, l 'egoism, withdrawal and sacrifice, hastily agreed to on the altar of hygienism ”(sic)
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The expression is especially appealing as it benefits from the aura of popular culture, science fiction films and video games.
It then designates
"an animated corpse which feeds on the flesh of the living"
(Le Robert dictionary).
The word sounds neither Greek nor Latin: it comes from Haiti and the voodoo beliefs, their ghosts and ghosts.
The Americans who had occupied the island at the beginning of the last century made it part of Hollywood mythologies.
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