Mr. Nuessle is to be commended for attempting to see beyond the blinders of white male identity; but his analysis remains largely locked into it.
After all, all of those unexamined beliefs are the product of the Anglo-European culture. Its conquistadors came to this "new world," swords in hand to wipe out any Voice and vision of reality inconsistent with their own.
In the same maniacal manner by which today's often Christianized soldiers are seduced into fighting a new Crusades, yesterday's conquistadors had the church's blessing in wiping out "the savages" that knew how to live WITH the land as stewards of the Great Spirit's bounty.
"Rather than a national dialogue that simply pits one utopian based ideology against another, America needs to find a new conversation, a new story, a new narrative, that is based in a grounded reality. "
The belief in linearity--that time marches ever onward towards a progressive new future destination--discounts the greater truth: that all things (our planet and thus basis for the context of time) circle.
My point is that it's not necessary to conjure new stories as much as it is vital to listen to the wisdom teachings that were so senselessly tossed aside, degraded, and discounted.
The Truth has always been "out there," but it didn't coincide with the vision of the (mostly) white male dominators who wanted to do to Mother Nature and the living world, what they did to women and persons of color: conquer, control, possess, exploit, use and discard... sans any sense of the sacredness of this other, their partners in Creation.
It is time for MAN to listen to Woman and for the white race to HEAR and recall why and how it is that Black Lives (and all lives) matter. This, by the way, includes the lives of animals and plants and ecosystems whose essences transcend what science can measure or understand. Too often science is used to discard what is known by Mystics, Indigenous medicine men and women, shamans, and others who work with forces that science--in its dense insistence upon MATERIAL proof--cannot fathom.