This phrase or expression "Tabula rasa" meaning "Blank or clean slate" is also applied in situations in which there is a need, or an opportunity, to start again from the beginning..
"We must make a tabula rasa of the whole situation."
The Latin language spread throughout the western world and was taught in schools and spoken by the greatest scholars. The use of this expression was so useful and popular that it has survived the passing of time, the phrase is one of our 'Latin legacies'.
"I'm returning to college where I want to start with
a tabula rasa (clean slate)."