What’s the relation of witness and confession? Witnessing and confessing are staged similarly in court; early witnesses are sometimes classed as suspects in criminal cases. By witnessing we are at least confessing to our position relative to events – we are not innocent of them – we are in the picture. If by giving witness to genocide we are confessing to a relationship with it, of whom are we asking forgiveness? Less the victim, from whom too much has been asked already; more the perpetrator – we are better off asking the perpetrator to forgive us for being in relationship to perpetration, for recognizing perpetration because we know it in ourselves (our discernment is based in part on recognition?). Or first, we ask forgiveness from whatever source we search out that goes beyond perpetrator/victim – so that as we move into the crime we are already absent the need to ask forgiveness (we’ve already dealt with forgiveness as best we can), so that our witness may be empty of self-interest, in the same way that our confession is empty of self interest.


Confession to be accurate, must be empty of self interest, in the same way that witness is best with this indifference.

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