You don't come from nowhere. Your habits, your preferences, your decisions all reflect a continuity with some personal and cultural past througout which learning and collection of experience are summed up in the present and potential you. You will not succeed in correcting a bad habit by some miraculous discontinuity or by some divorce of self from past where you say " I am not that person". You are always you, moving from this moment into the next. The will to forgive what has been done lifts the veil of judgement so that you can come near enough to understand what was done. Understanding is the ground in which change grows, forgiveness the seed and fertilizer.
The first generation to get it right will begin by being the first generation to forgive all those that got it wrong.