My conversations with a “real” prophet

I wrote about my conversation with a real prophet in April 13th  2010. Today, as I read this piece again to post it here, I still feel his presence in my life and the effect he had on my thinking. Thank you, Frank.

My conversations with a “real” prophet
Conversing with a brilliant friend

It’s always been my understanding that one can predict the future with some degree of accuracy. Contrary to popular opinion, this can be accomplished without supernatural or paranormal intervention. And the individual performing the exploit requires no degree of psychic acumen.

It’s also clear to me that some short-term predictions can be made by simple yet careful observation of behaviour, statistical probabilities and environmental factors and stressors.

For more complex examples, we can look at how environmental engineers use statics to predict climate variations by combining past data with the latest climate change analysis and research. Actuaries apply mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in the insurance and finance industries with a high degree of accuracy. These sciences are instrumental in the business arena. And are essential to maintaining balance in local and global markets; they also reflect the high-level numeracy for which the human mind has potential.

And it is a similar potential that I witnessed during my interactions with a dying man.

The Prophet

His story is short and difficult to believe at the same time. Frank Macri, or Frank Anteros, as his online profiles labelled him, giving his words and rhetoric so much more meaning, died from an unknown cause.

Anteros, his well-chosen pseudonym, is the Greek name for the mythological god of requited love, or love returned. He was also the punisher of those who scorn love and the avenger of unrequited love.

According to the Greek myth, his parents Ares and Aphrodite, gave him to his brother Eros as a companion. Anteros’ lesson is that love should be returned for it to prosper and grow.

Although he often described himself as a simple man, frank was not simple. He was intelligent, very persuasive, and persistent. He also had an extraordinary ability to understand human behaviour, which, as he explained, he acquired during his early years living in an abusive household. His story is even less simple than his personality, and it begins with the death of his mother. And it ended with his at the early age of 33.

Frank lost his mother at the age of 5, which left him in the care of an alcoholic father who neglected to care for him and his two siblings, Laura and Stephan. Both younger by one and 2 years respectively. Shortly after his mother’s passing, Frank went into child custody and was later assigned to foster care, unfortunately separating the remaining family.

His father, incarcerated for several crimes at the time, including several B&A charges and armed robbery, was not present in Frank’s life since his 7th birthday. That year, he received a pendant of the Mythological god mentioned before.

Foster and government child services facilitated education and health care for Frank. Being a dedicated student, he excelled in elementary and secondary schools, leading to a highly successful higher-learning career.

A master’s degree in computer sciences, a degree in behavioural psychology, and a minor in religious studies gave him the technical knowledge and credentials to acquire well paid, high-level employment in a very specialised government department. This department dealt with national security matters, both internally and in foreign affairs.

His life experience, his losses, and his incredibly turbulent past provided him with a deep understanding of the things people do and why we do them.

As he once said, “what university taught me is less than 10% of what life has shown me”. And loosely quoting the humanistic approach of Dr Carl Rogers, he continued, “What I Know about people, I have definitely learned from people”.

He attributed his accurate and, at times, unbelievable empathy to his experience and what he observed from those around him.

His technical and scientific education and life experience made him the perfect amalgamation of scientific, secular knowledge and emotional intelligence. By his own admission, it was his suffering that had given him and fine-tuned his understanding of people.

The Understanding

Frank came into my life only a few months before his death. In this short time, he shared many principles and ideas with me, which were so close to my own and expanded on my past work. He also explained many of the essential principles that I was ignoring. He reminded me of the importance of suffering and pain and how we must use them to make us stronger.

Peyton Dracco: Conversations with a Prophet

This ideal would seem to many who read this as a negative way to live, but it is precisely the opposite.

He re-opened my eyes to the truth of love and how important it is to remain faithful to its cause as it brings power and understanding. He reassured me that compassion was a good tool, but as I understood, it is a tool that needs to be used intelligently and with an open mind. He told me that I was right in never giving up, that a true hero should never back away from a challenge and that a lost cause is not lost; it’s most importantly a cause.

The End

Frank’s death was long and full of pain and anxiety; it was 5 years long and one of the clearest examples of a broken heart.

As many of us will do, only once in our lives, Frank fell in love. Because of this “choice”, he couldn’t move on from what happened to him. He was 25 when he met the object of his affection and decided that he would give her his all and made a choice to love her unconditionally. He was 27 when he lost her.

He lost her due to an unfortunate misunderstanding that led her to leave without a simple goodbye, leaving no trace for him to follow.

Her departure was swift and violent – setting the pace for the culmination of Frank’s story….

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I want to write more about Frank and the lessons he afforded me. I might take up that challenge seriously in the near future.

— Peyton Dracco

Published by Peyton J. Dracco

Author & entrepreneur

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