I fail to see how it's ego issues, We have self awareness and free thinking yet we don't use it.
Wow dude, way to generalise. And inaccurately too. If no one used either of those, mankind would still be exactly the same as it was millennia ago, and we wouldn't even be having this debate right now.
For 16 years our parents dictate how our lives are lived, after that society forces us to conform to their ways. Anyone who lives differently is treated as an outcast or sent to jail because they broke social norms.
Broke social norms? I don't know where the hell you live, but the things we get sent to jail for like murder, theft, rape etc. are a little bit more than simply "breaking social norms". Unless you think that things like that are ok, as long as society would allow it.
And my parents, while providing structure and guidance, still allowed me a lot of freedom to choose my own pursuits and passions while I was growing up. They didn't simply "dictate" my life.
Name one aspect of life where we have control over what we do.
I know of only one thing, suicide.
I can think of a number of things I have control over. Societal rules provide a basic ethical structure for how I live, but I choose my career, my friends, my loved ones, my hobbies etc.