Nietzsche has collapsed two different kinds of appearance, the mask we create and the role we accept, into one; and has given them a force of their own. But are these appearances free-floating identities with their own motive power, which can determine our character, our very being; and can they do this all by themselves?
The intellectual employee also accepts a more total identification with his role than other workers, in that the editorial director, the designer, the copywriter etc., sells himself more completely in terms of psychic energy expended and number of hours worked. With him the division between work and leisure, discipline and freedom, has truly been erased. If the free artist or the founder of a great enterprise builds his life exclusively out of the substance of his work, today’s intellectual unbuilds his life to live his job. (Harold Rosenberg. The quote about the split between individual and role is from William H. Whyte).