Tell me what you've been through and I foresee your future: such could resume our extensive experiences as to how they relate to our daily existence. Enough to capture a whole array of diverse experiences with an all time critical thinking.
To come up with a dream (whatever elaborate) all you need is to think and focus on the subject matter over a period of time. Such technique is as old as early religious belief systems and throughout history, the Negro spirituals era, Sufis, Mohicans, gypsies have proven to be effective in not just nurturing their spiritual foundations, but thanks to anthropology, capturing the idiosyncrasies of their peers. As science and technology allow heuristic approaches, the knowledge gathering process shifted and instead of barring empirical methods, they helped understanding the modus operandi. Thanks to early sociological notes as per Durkheim and Mauss, today it is possible to derive knowledge based on scrupulous observation of a set of social facts. The compelling argument hereby does not, on the contrary, suffice to conclude on the accuracy of the "reported social facts".
In other words, simply put, to be accurate, a social fact needs to stand time (pattern) sequence (commonalty) and generality (space). Now, more than ever, due to media interactivity and expandability, social facts derive "as we go", observable, fashionable and more likely similar from one end to another. There comes ground for even more commonalty between religion, spirituality and simply humanism. Provided that you're being served the right media interface, this is a compelling argument that should level your plain field more than any other. To date these accounts remain the new societal paradigm expected to shape our very belief systems as they relate to the American Dream. Crisis and hardships have come to be part of the average citizen's predictions and that itself opens up to better preparedness. The blessing of America at a time where the world is watching translates in its capacity to renew hope and redefine priorities in times of challenge. For that reason the slogan "God Bless America" will always mean a spur to each and every generation of American without regards to race, creed and gender.