I think this is probably true for most of the world. We "become" the factors that we are exposed to and eventually we lose all but faint traces of our true self because by the time we start figuring out the "real" from the "imprinted" we are already too confused and way too deep in it, I think to ever get back to the base line again without the external influences, but then who can exist in a vacuum? What would we be if after we were born we were left in a bubble without any external stimuli? Would our mind crack or would that crack actually be the reality? And if it is the reality then what's the point of it all anyway?