Wayne Wirs Committed Suicide

Wayne Wirs committed suicide on the 31st of August 2017. He did it in clear reasoning and without regrets which is evident from the message he left on his website. He was in excruciating physical pain for the past few weeks of his life, which contributed to his decision to go.
His photos tend to come up in search when one is looking for ‘Jed McKenna’. I spoke to Wayne only a couple of weeks ago when he contacted me after having read the EM. He was extremely amicable, gentle and positive. I couldn’t sense a single malicious bone in his body.
He wrote a few books, lead a normadic life while living in a van, was classed as homeless, was free from internal drive to leech off others and got too much connected to Eternity. The perspective of Eternity, even though giving one Wisdom – cannot be LIVED in a day to day human Reality. This is the reason why I keep the emphasis on THIS, the mundane ordinary human life. Eternity, or what I call ‘Boundless Emptiness’ – can destroy the internal psyche and any connection to this world if one dwells there permanently.
He was love, and it killed him. The best of them, the humourous and greed free, those who do not set it as their life purpose to dominate and extract… do they go without leaving a trace? Really? But then.. why am I thinking of the man I hardly knew, and feel a sense of loss?
Those few emails from Wayne, every word in them – were full of sincerity. That is why.
RIP, brother.

12 thoughts on “Wayne Wirs Committed Suicide

  1. I read his “notice” via his blog this morning. I didn’t know that his name came up when searching for Jed. But he did write some interesting blog posts. When one gets close to the precipice, look over, then take a step back.

      1. oh yes, sorry. how does that effect ones ability to live life? I read about it alot. Aboutg how people who wake uup, have trouble doing the same things they used to do. I just cant comprehend why that would be the case? I would think you woul probably enjoy life even MORE.

  2. Was reading a couple of the articles Wayne Wir wrote and googled him only to find out he had committed suicide in 2017. A lot of what he wrote really resonated with me. I don’t condemn his decision. I’m getting up there in age and see the handwriting on the wall in terms of the “care” I’ll be able to find in case of a situation of unbearable pain and lack of funds to get the help I need. More and more of us have an exit strategy, not because of depression or despair per se, but because our civilization is committed to greed instead of care.

    And, I also appreciate your comment about how a person can become so in love with Love, that some essential connection to the earth can be lost. I think about the Buddhist ox herding pictures, and the importance they stress on enlightenment AND returning to the village. So many “spiritual seekers” are looking for a one way ticket out.

    Not sure if this was true for him. Other people have commented on what a kind, loving person he was. When he was with people, he radiated love. Yet, I wonder if life on the road isn’t mostly pretty isolated. Certainly life in America continues to be more and more an experience of life in isolation. It sounds like he may have been tempermentally suited to live a life of solitude. The down side to that is the lack of community support when the going gets rough.

    We are such mysteries! I sincerely pray that Wayne is at peace and continues to unfold in his spiritual journey.

  3. He seems a bit like a modern-day ascetic, especially with the wandering homelessness and enlightenment–aspect of it. According to certain texts, Suicide from Pious Motives is illegal in the Kali Age (https://goo.gl/Nsjcjr). But I don’t know, there are also examples of monks in the Pāli Canon committing suicide when their illnesses worsened, all of them died as arhats however. Rest in peace to him.

    1. One has an absolute right to treat their existence as they see fit. Labelling suicide as a sin and illegal (as you pointed out) is: 1. a way for groups to exercise control over individuals. 2. a fear expression of each individual group member

      In the immediate post Ice Age when human population numbers plummeted to near extinction – suicide would have been detrimental to every group survival. Childbirth was an ordeal, survival rates were low and each healthy tribe member was of great value.

      Not so now.

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