Portrait of Albert: a personified interpretation.
Albert, a prolific, yet understated individual, perceived existence in two simple terms; dependency, and self-gain. Albert understood the intrinsic, yin yang of these two facets and strove fiercely and diligently to ensure the continued and exponential circularity of them.
Albert may have had a rather plain and unremarkable facade, yet people were drawn to him, and that was due to Albert’s mastery of the ‘dependence’ model. You see, Albert knew that the most crucial part of his yin yang fulfillment lay in ensuring that people needed him. It wasn’t so much that he wanted to be admired (not that he would confess this), but rather, that he desired to be indispensable. Albert understood that with the procurement of a state of extreme utility and necessity, came great power. It was power that formed the driving motivation behind his dichotic vision of the world, which centered around the inherent bond between dependency and self-gain.
As for precisely how Albert had managed to garner a steady hold over others and their needs – the answer was simple, yet the process required a great deal of tenacity and carefully balanced methodology, made possible by Albert’s quick witted, highly intuitive and manipulative mind; spurred on by a ruthless, yet poised spirit. Acquiring knowledge of what people needed and how to supply such demands, entailed great insight not only into the thoughts and patterns of their behaviours, but also into the depths of his own thoughts and motives through a thorough self assessment which would leave no room for unwanted blunders further down the road. Thus Albert set about his studies in a meticulous and relentless manner, never ceasing his mental calculations of both the outside world and the inner workings of his own mind.
Soon enough Albert had figured out the key to dependency, and mapped out the framework which would enable him to achieve it. Three values were critical; the creation of a ‘monopoly over need’ that placed Albert above all competitors which sought to overthrow him, a fierce assertiveness which made him visible to all, and an obliging, agreeable appearance which would gather a loyal following. Of course there would be outliers and dissidents that were immune to Albert’s mechanics…but he did not care about them – they were not his target audience.
Once Albert had a plan in place, he worked tirelessly to manifest his yin and yang – the cyclical pattern which would see dependency evolve into profit (self-gain), and profit into power. Soon enough, the fruits of his labour began to emerge, and slowly but surely, Albert had the masses flocking to him under the notion that he was an essential and central feature of their livelihoods (whether or not this was true, was quite another question, but if truth were a matter of subjective perception, then indeed, Albert had succeeded in his goals). The relationship that Albert had cultivated with people was not one of mutual respect and reciprocity, of course. Albert could not be said to emulate warmth and compassion in his undertakings, yet he filled an insatiable void which forced him into the forefront of minds effortlessly.
Today, it is not a question of looking for Albert, for he will find you – the result of a subtly ingenious and Machiavellian-styled execution strategy. Indeed, there are many Alberts in the world today, and we are all in relationships of varying dependence with them.
[Albert Heijn is a popular Dutch supermarket which can be found across the Netherlands]