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This has been something that has bothered me, in seeing that some people seem to have more will power than others. At least on the cognitive level, it does not seem like we choose what we want, or can just will ourselves to be a certain way. Like with mental illness, people cannot just snap out of it, and choose not to be depressed or schizophrenic.
The way I see it is that your title question is a case of mistaken identity. The ego is basically a thought construct that one may believe is who they are. It's not. Who you are is the believer, not the belief. Identification with the belief structure of a separate 'me' is the foundation of ego. And while you accept the belief as a reality, you get to experience life as if it were true. Life here is designed that way.Does the ego actually have free will
Consider that we generally believe that a dream is reality while we are focused within it. We eventually wake from it however, to the larger reality of our human experience. The dream fades quickly as we retake our place in our larger role. Take that a cycle higher and the human experience itself is a belief constructed reality from which we will eventually awake to a yet larger reality.
As to choice, the ego does not make choices as it is not actually real in the sense of being an actual person. It is a perspective formed from accumulated beliefs about self and life. 'You', the fundamental consciousness, make choices through the perspective of the ego - albeit heavily influenced by environment and conditioning. We, the fundamental consciousness that is life and being, make choices based upon the beliefs we hold.
It is not the belief structure itself (ego) that has the freedom to choose. That freedom and ability is the realm of the consciousness that created the perspective ego through which to experience a human life.