Machine thinking

My example of the intern working to death prompted a request for refinement. I was told “He was ill with a brain disease (epilepsy) and was completely at choice.”
I have some trouble with the notion that someone is both ill and completely at choice, but there is a way, and it is an Enneagram trance that illumines that way.
Let’s say my premise has merit: that our culture – corporations and the multitudes alike – operate out of an unhealthy style 3 trance in which work is how you earn love, so the more work you do, the more you will be loved.
Then layer that with a machine mindset by BOTH the corporation and the intern. The machine mindset is entirely quantitative: more is better. (Did that intern really do any good or creative work after the first all night?) The intern is, in a certain sense, “at choice,” because he thinks he is a machine and he will just work and work and not pay attention to his bodily fatigue or lessened awareness–like a machine. You just “drive” yourself further. Our language gives the game away.
This is how cultural enneagram styles and other cultural patterns work. We think we are doing what we want, but we are told / manipulated / persuaded/ advertised/ threatened / rewarded for thinking that our best interests are served by working like a machine. We “choose” to work really hard because we think it is virtue. So hard work is a virtue (and how many times in public debates have you heard the term “hard-working Americans?” Well, if a little virtue is good, and you are not tuned into your body (no money in that), you could work yourself to death.
For a fine book dealing with how much we should work and how we should NOT work like machines, try Tony Schwartz’s “The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working.”
Within the Enneagram, Threes most apt to think of themselves as machines. They talk of being “driven,” of “making pit stops,” or of “burnout.” They really get into considering “time is money.”