Boston Marathon Explosions Kill at Least Three, Including 8-Year-Old Boy

The scene of Monday’s explosions near the Boston Marathon’s finish line

Boston native Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “He who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”

Consider that while you think about how to react to Monday’s terrible events at the legendary Boston Marathon.

Will you let fear conquer you?

Or will you conquer it?

“Boston is a tough and resilient town,” President Obama said on Monday, hours after a pair of explosions near the race’s finish line killed at least three people.  “Residents will pull together, take care of each other and move forward as one proud city.  And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.”

(“Resilient” means the having the ability to bounce back when something bad happens.)

The people who died include an 8-year-old boy, according to media reports.

At least 144 other people were injured, according to the Associated Press.

All of the marathon’s top runners finished the race long before the explosions.

So as of Monday night, there was no word that any of them were hurt.

“We still do not know who did this or why.  And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts,” Mister Obama said firmly.  “But make no mistake.  We will get to the bottom of this … (and) any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will see the full weight of justice.”

You might see tightened security in your own community today and tomorrow – maybe the rest of the week.

But you should know that as of Monday night, there were no reports of any additional attacks anywhere else – including Boston.

And if there is added security where you live, chances are you’ll be even safer today than you were yesterday.

As the Boston Globe reported, the President noted that Monday’s explosions happened on Patriots Day – a Massachusetts state holiday that celebrates the start of the American Revolution.

“It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation,” Mister Obama said.

It’s that spirit that gave the United States of America its unique sense of freedom – the very freedom that terrorists (whoever they might be) seek to take from us.

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world,” Emerson once wrote.

Will you let fear defeat you?

Or will you win?