Exploring Wetiko - the mind-virus that plagues our world

The Rob Goodwin Podcast

May 16 2022 • 30 mins

Here is another take on the evil that is unfolding in the world as Rob looks at the phenomenon of Wetiko - with extracts from online talks by Paul Levy and David Icke.

According to Native Americans, Wetiko is an evil spirit that invades human minds. It’s a “virus” of selfishness - a psychic pathogen forcing the victim to feed their insatiable needs as if they were starving. It makes humanity become its own worst enemy…

This interesting yet unsettling view comes from a piece of literature we think everyone should read. Paul Lévy is an admirer of Carl Jung’s legacy and a regular columnist for “The Guardian”. He published a book titled “Dispelling Wetiko” that deserves some reflection along with a follow-up published in 2021 "Wetiko". Levy says that we live in an era where most psychosocial phenomena proves the existence of a “virus” of selfishness.

When indigenous communities came into contact with the first European pilgrims, the Native Americans said they were infected by Wetiko. It was a tribe of the Cree in Canada who used this concept for the first time. However the Ojiwa, for example, already were using the well-known term “windigo”.

Whatever the case, the mental concept they had of the white or “civilized” man was that of an individual affected by the “virus” of selfishness. The virus led them to desire the force of nature and its resources as their own. In turn, Paul Levy explains that this idea is the very same one Carl Jung used to explain the concept of Shadow. Shadow is the archetype of the unconscious that we all share.

Thus, common things like jealousy, greed, thirst for power, and selfishness are actually products of our collective unconscious. Our darkest shadows and a 'self' which has become dissociated from the conscience. - a being that lets itself get carried away by despicable acts.

Therefore, we could say that the evil spirit defined by the Native Americans is different from Jung’s idea. It wasn’t something that came from the external world, bent on possessing us. Instead, it resided within ourselves.

Actually, we all carry that Shadow within, but it’s up to us whether we give it power…