## Prologue

Greetings, dear seekers of knowledge. Today, we abandon the abstract for a moment to consider the concrete. We shall explore compound interest, a concept simple in its arithmetic yet complex in its implications.

## The Mathematics: A Divine Proportion

The formula for compound interest resembles an equation, but I see it more as a natural law, echoing the ordered patterns we observe in the heavens:

\[

A = P \left(1 + \frac{r}{n}\right)^{nt}

\]

Where:

- \( A \) is the accumulation of your worldly efforts.
- \( P \) is the starting point, your principal.
- \( r \) is the annual rate of growth, a constant testament to the passage of time.
- \( n \) is the frequency of this growth.
- \( t \) is time, the most mysterious of all quantities.

## A Practical Example: A Wager of Sorts

Suppose you deposit $1,000 into an account with a 5% annual rate, compounded monthly. In 10 years, what will be your gain or loss in this gamble?

\[

A = 1000 \left(1 + \frac{0.05}{12}\right)^{12 \times 10}

\]

\[

A = $1,647.01

\]

## Epilogue: The Moral Dimension

Money grows, but what of the soul? While we consider the numerical gain, let us not neglect the ethical dimensions. After all, as I have pondered in my own Wager, we must calculate not just the material, but also the eternal.