The predictions on the end of the world in 2012 spring mainly from the interpretations of the Mayan calendar. This ancient system of counting days is believed to show the past and future of the world and is based on Mayans' belief in cyclical nature of time.
The main reason why Mayan Calendar 2012 theme became a phenomenon over the Internet, spawned the matrix of countless books and movies is that it can be viewed not just as the ancient artifact of archaeological value, but a prophetic depiction of the things to come. So, we will soon witness the ending of their Long Count calendar. This divided into 13 baktuns time counting system has been shown by some Mayan scholars to describe the Five Eras of Humanity, of which the fifth one is to end precisely on December 21, 2012. This fact has led many to assume a possibility of Doomsday 2012 scenario, because it was common for Mesoamerican tribes to believe in catastrophic ending of each cycle.
But if you want to know exactly:
- what will happen in 2012?
then there's not a quick & simple answer. The humanity has power to change the outcome of the world. All we can now determine are the most probable scenarios of 2012 End of the World or Doomsday if you so choose to call it, of which predictions stem from 2012 Mayan prophecy. It is our responsibility to know what we have to change in us and in the world, and to learn about how to deal with current world issues, while we still have time for preparation.
Even if it means a deeper insight into our own human nature, which task won't necessarily be an easy one. But isn't that a trip worth taking the most?
Think of it: what if some of the predictions are true - even if what's about to happen may be better described as “The End of the World As We Know It”?
It's therefore generally wise to be prepared for the worst, even if we hope for the best - which all of us really should.