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An Atlanta man takes part in a memorial run to show solidarity with victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on Tuesday. (David Goldman/Associated Press)

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and left several others wounded, a vocal chorus is calling for unity and calm.

In contrast to messages of fear and retribution, many of the most popular posts circulating on social media have a decidedly positive and resilient tone.

Bright blue words projected onto the Brooklyn Academy of Music following the attack called for peace and love.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Peace. It shouldn't take a tragedy for us to come together. Love."

Images of Bostonians spilling out into the street to offer runners help and comfort have gone viral. Some candlelight vigils and solidarity runs have already taken place, and more are being planned across the U.S. and beyond its borders.

Several tweets featuring children's show host Fred Rogers, the iconic friendly neighbour, including advice that comforted him as a child: "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

'A crime against our minds'

Although some observers described the attack as "scarier than 9/11" in its targeting of ordinary Americans at play, others argued that the only way to render terrorism ineffective is to refuse to be terrorized.

"How well this attack succeeds depends much less on what happened in Boston than by our reactions in the coming weeks and months," wrote security expert and author Bruce Schneier in a post for The Atlantic.

"Terrorism isn't primarily a crime against people or property. It's a crime against our minds . . . When we react from fear, when we change our laws and policies to make our country less open, the terrorists succeed, even if their attacks fail."

This week on CBC Live Online, host Lauren O'Neil spoke to special guests about what the refusal to be terrorized looks like, and how well it fits with calls for justice.

Watch the full video replay here:

This week's special guests include:

  • Dave Cracknell, a Canadian marathon coach who was 100 metres away from the finish line watching runners when explosions occurred. His wife, professional triathlete, Lisa Bentley finished the race before the explosion.
  • Jen Doll, a senior writer with the Atlantic Wire who wrote a reflection in the aftermath of the bombings called Refusing to Be Terrorized by Terror.
  • Grayson Earle and Lucky Tran are part of the activist collective that runs The Illuminator in New York City. Messages of hope from their light projection art project went viral in the aftermath of the explosions.

We'll also hear from two runners, Jonathan Hughes of Toronto and Daniel Riou of Quebec City, who participated in solidarity runs in Canada.

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