Colleague's Retirement Plans
- buy a plot of land and build a temple
- engage the services of a popular monk (like the one who rappelled down Suntec City) to head the temple
- install a grotty (cheap) but ginormous Buddha statue, the grottier (cheaper), the better, for authenticity
- provide the usual temple-y services including divination by lots (and at the back of each lot, the Chinese mainlander who wrote the whole Buddhist canon on a grain of rice shall inscribe exclusion clauses to protect the temple from liability)
- draw the crowds by procuring that someone win the lottery with numbers chosen from divination in the temple
- sell gold-leaf to the pious to plaster the statue with and so earn karma points
- scrape the gold-leaf off the Buddha for resale at the same absorbitant prices
- start a funeral business and gloriously overcharge the bereaved for prayers, rituals and, even, entry into heaven!
- charge a yearly rate for the upkeep of the tablets (polishing, dusting, not accidentally stepping on the said tablets etc)
(And he smiled a beautific smile and spread his arms wide to indicate the riches of the world for the taking.)
In the far corner, an old man looked at us with watery eyes, and shook his head, slowly.