The news cycle can be a relentless barrage of depressing news stories, whether it revolves around Trump, racism, homophobia, vaping deaths, spineless politicians, climate change fatalism, pedestrian deaths, subway stabbings, or the latest Epstein update. So it is understandable that we all seek out balms on the internet to try to soothe all the negativity, whether through incredible YouTube playlists or bizarre meditation websites. For a lot of people, that balm today comes in the form of the video below, in which two toddlers spot each other and adorably collide for a big hug on a sidewalk in the city.
The video of the two-year-old boys, named Maxwell and Finnegan, was posted by Maxwell's dad Michael Cisneros on Facebook. "I have no idea how to make things go viral, for those that do......please share," he wrote. "This is just so beautiful. Finnegan + Maxwell= BESTIES!!! If we could all be like this. 😍😍😍"
Cisneros told ABC that the two toddlers have known each other for over a year, and are inseparable. "When they are away from each other, they are always asking about one another," he said. "They go to music class together, Dana Banana, and they love to dance- both are excellent dancers."
This is so sweet! This is, objectively, just good old fashioned wholesome Internet content. Mayor de Blasio was compelled to comment, "Greatest city in the world." His office sent out a tweet with the video today as well, and who could blame them for wanting to share a little piece of joy with people.
But of course, because people are people, if you wade into the comments to the video you'll see a lot of hyperbolic, extreme responses from adults who just NEED to read way too much into a cute moment and impose their own biases and narratives onto it. One person wrote: "It is to [sic] bad they will grow up hating each other thanks to liberals." Another said: "The Democrats won't just let them play and be kids. They're going to twist things up and use identity politics to separate them." Another: "This is going to make Trump's head explode." More: "Society will tell them they subconsciously hate each other. Make one feel like a victim and the other feel guilty for something he never did.... they will then grow to dislike each other for things they had no control over. Sad."
Some of these people may be well-intentioned, some maybe not so much. Either way... I don't know, man. Trump's head is not going to explode if he saw this. Democrats are definitely not forcing them to be enemies. Racism, I'm pretty sure, has not been solved. This is a cute video of two toddlers hugging. It doesn't explain anything about our world other than the fact that toddlers are sweethearts who sometimes make cute squeaky noises. That's all there is to it.
But hey, while I have you here, let me explain to you how this dog video can solve poverty...