The ‘ego’ is there for survival and for some it might be survival at all costs. The ego if it is unrestrained can become self-destructive.
It needs to be put in its place, it needs to see the fuller picture. Survival means much more than ‘I’, ‘me’ or ‘mine’. It means give and take, sharing, looking after one another.
You can be helping yourself and others by example. Let your natural condition be one of love and understanding as this can if it is not already become your natural state.
Be ever watchful of your reactions to live situations, temper your reactions with knowledge and as the ancients have said “know yourself”.
We all want a peaceful life, so why not endeavor to achieve that this time around by letting the mind/ego work on your behalf.