“If we don”t know where we came from, we don’t know who we are.”
This quote assumes that identity is formed by external factors. I would say that identity is created by who you think you are. Though that may be shaped by externals, we all choose the influences that shape our lives. It does not necessarily need to be shaped by our origins. In fact, from a logical standpoint, all we need to know is that we are and we can move forward. Knowing where we came from is not necessarily to get to our destination. We just have to understand as much as we can about where we are in the moment.
We can also choose to ignore how others perceive us. We simply act as we want to act. In order to have a true identity, we must act with intention and not out of habit, tradition or compulsion.