With the current climate of the world and all the ongoing problems -- economically, politically, heating of the sun & abnormal weather patterns, etc. -- it really does feel like something could happen by 2012 that will radically alter the course of that weird thing we call life. Time sure feels like it's speeding up, doesn't it?
It's not; creation is. More and more is happening in the world in less & less time, for the good & bad. In every aspect of our lives, change is happening at an accelerated pace, and it's going to continue to accelerate until everything possibly imaginable in creation will exist at the same time. So yeah, this leaves a realm of possibility open for more things to occur -- there could be a global cataclysmic-type event that wipes out 1/3 of the population, but there could also be some grand technological miracle/discovery that propels humanity into uncharted areas of novel & science.
The biggest misconception among people today (namely, archeologists and science-types whose consciousnesses are centered around physical, material evidence -- what they can see & measure only) is that the Mayan Calendar was keeping track of time the same way most modern day calendars keep track of time -- cycles of visible planetary objects in the sky around other planetary objects/ earth around the sun, etc.
The Mayan Calendar was actually a meter, or a gauge for the evolution of consciousness across the span of this galaxy. The reason the calendar abruptly "stops" on 12/21/12 is not because of some final doomsday event we're all going to watch unfold; it's because the schedule of creation will have completed. If a technology like a time machine (mind you, we've already teleported electrons) comes to exist by that year, what time will it really be? What need will there be for a calendar if the limitations of time & space dissolve? The truth is that the calendar "ends" because time as we know will no longer be linear, and so there won't be a need for a calendar. Now, that might seem hard to swallow at first, but keep in mind that there's a 17 mile long particle accelerator (lhc) under Switzerland that's set to recreate the conditions right after The Big Bang. Not so crazy now, huh?
This is what's really going to happen if your eyes are open enough for you to see. To whoever is reading this; these next few short years are the most important years in the 16.4 billion year long history of the universe. You should be very, very, very thankful to be alive at this period in time, because what's coming is bliss!
Paranoid stranger: The world's going to end in 2012 and we're all going to die!
Me: Smoke some sheeba and celebrate the moment. There is nothing to fear but fear itself.