“Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now”

“Come on people now

Smile on your brother

Everybody get together

Try to love one another

Right now”

That is the chorus to a song called “Get Together” recorded by the band The Younbloods and written by Chet Powers in the mid-1960s in the midst of “Flower Power” and the Hippie movement. It became quite popular during the “Summer of Love” in 1967. It also quickly became the rallying cry for young people across the country who opposed the unpopular Vietnam War.

There was even a small movement to have the song replace the “Star Spangled Banner” as the National Anthem.

The song is still played frequently on Classic Rock radio stations across the country.

The lines to the song's chorus are quite clear and the meaning is easily understandable – forget your disagreements, smile on your brother and love one another right now.

Hurricane Harvey has proved that it is indeed possible for a nation to come together in times of trouble. People have taken time off from their jobs to go to Houston and other areas along Texas' Gulf Coast to help with rescue efforts and provide food, shelter and other much needed supplies to people they do not even know but whose homes, lives and property have been ravaged by one of the worst storm disasters of recent times.

The test of human resilience may continue this weekend as Hurricane Irma barrels her way into the South Florida area.

Images I see on the nightly news remind me of what a truly great nation we do have. People of all races, religious faiths, nationalities and social status reach out with a helping hand to help people they have never met or even seen before. Gratitude can be seen in the eyes of those that were rescued or given a place to stay after their homes and lives as they knew it were demolished in the blink of an eye.

Arguments over statues and flags and other political disagreements pale in comparison.

Still, the ugliness of war and crime rages on. Not unlike the Cold War of the 1960s, America is looking down the barrel of a loaded Intercontinental Ballistic Missile with the switch being held by a madman currently ruling North Korea, who is playing with nuclear weapons like they are some kind of toy. ISIS continues to run amuck in the Middle East. And thousands of people in our own country continue to die daily as the result of violent crime.

Why does it take a national disaster like Harvey or Irma to bring us to our collective senses?

Most people of faith will tell you that sitting in a pew on Sunday morning will not make you any more a Christian than sitting in a garage will make you a car. Reaching out in kindness is not just a responsibility that you revert to in times in trouble. Being loving and kind should be in our hearts on a daily basis.

Disasters serve as reminders of just how often our fellow men, women and children need help. They also show us just how frail life and material possessions truly are.

Yes, this country still rallies together in times of trouble but what about the other times of the year. Wouldn't it be nice if everyday was like Christmas? What a loving, compassionate world this would truly be.

We should take note that no man is a rock or an island unto himself.

I refuse to give up hope. I still believe we can all “Get Together” and “love one another right now.”