The Story of Zayd who was slapped
The Story of Zayd who was slapped: Story from Rumi’s Masnavi
A man slapped on the neck of Zayd. Zayd reacted and gave him a good beating.
The attacker said, “I will ask you a question, so answer me and then strike me. I struck the nape of your neck, and there was the sound of a slap. Was this sound raised by my hand or by the nape of your neck?”
Zayd said, “The pain I suffer prevents me from such thinking and reflection. Since you, who are without pain, is able to think of such question, but me in pain has no such thoughts!”
* Zayd is an Arabic generic name, just like Joe Bloggs in English.