If you want to think of “the end of the world” as “a world where love doesn’t exist,” this song hits the nail on the head. Plot wise, it’s pretty straightforward: there’s an ark, they want to find the ark, one of them dies and the other is inspired to continue the search. By the end, the ark is more important as an idea rather than the physical thing, it representing love/hope for the future (which is why I believe the song is called “Ark for Two of Us” and not just “Ark of Hope/Love” or something like that. Another thing to point out here is that according to the picture, both of them have found the ark, even though the optimist supposedly died at the end. They are there in spirit, and that’s why they are depicted sitting down (I feel like there’s an objective artistic reason why one of them is sitting down but I still like my theory).
Lines that stood out to me:
“With high and proud spirit, you said that you would definitely find it for sure”
Blind faith still moves people. The optimist was confident that they would find the ark and return love to the world, and that faith gained them a follower.
“I’ll teach you a lot of things”
I think the song has a lot to say about dedication and inspiration. You take someone with a lot of drive, but no knowledge (the optimist) and they can inspire someone with no drive, but a lot of knowledge.
“Actually, I might have learned more things than you have in this journey, how to have an innocent heart to embrace dream, how to have unbreakable strength to believe in such small hope”
It’s ok to chase a ridiculous dream, because no one starts perfect. The unbreakable strength is the will to follow through on any idea you have and make it reality. The most important thing the optimist taught the other person is drive.
And now the part you can skip: a personal anecdote about why I love this song
I ran for president of my robotics team because I was staging a coup against another person who was more qualified(but was a dick and I loved the team too much to let it be run by them). I knew nothing about leadership, nothing about management, yet I gave a speech from the heart and I won the vote by (allegedly) a ridiculous margin. Since I knew close to nothing, I spent the year playing it by ear and doing whatever felt best. I spent all my time building the robot (around 250 hours in 6 weeks after school) and almost none working on PR (around 30 hours over 6 months). I thought I was a terrible leader. Yet at the end of my term, I was told by a lot of members that I had inspired them to pursue robotics in the future. What I learned there was that all it takes to inspire people is drive. Pure, honest dedication is what gets people. So now that I’m graduating, I will be gone, but I know that there are people with the same level of dedication that will keep the team going.
To inspire others, you must first inspire yourself.