The only thing that I forsee ending in 2012 is the idea that the Mayas had some sort of psychic power. Perhaps people will begin exploring the Maya for all their truly magnificent contributions to the world, such as their expertise in math, astronomy and, most importantly, for teaching the world about the uses of chocolate. There is so much more to the Maya that, to me, it is a shame that they too have become tangled up in the modern tendecy of nonsense news. If there is an end to the world, I am sure it will be a pure surprise.
I will go out on a limb and predict that the world will not come to an end in 2012. as stated above there have always been doomsday prophets and while they may create interesting conversation they really have no basis for their predictions.
I find this to be a fascinating topic, primarily because we really don't know that the Mayans were actually predicting the end of the world. Perhaps this was just how far the got with their calendar before they fell victim to their own prosperity. They were a thriving, advanced culture, but they ended up overpopulating, stressing their resources, and ultimately, it seems, blaming the kings for it all. Evidence suggests that there was a great deal of infighting as well as fighting with other peoples. This is a common occurance when a civilization becomes too big to sustain itself. Perhaps they were predicting that what was happening to them would happen again. If that is the case, then they may be on to something. We are currently taxing our resources drastically. Wars and battles over scarce resources are erupting globally. While I do not think some great outside force will ome and destroy us in 2012, I do think that we are headed for a great deal of change - whether for the better if we start to pay attention to the role the environment plays on us as a whole , or for the worse if we keep going the way we are - remains to be seen.
There are different interpretations of the Mayan calendar. While some have translated the 2012 date as being the end of the world, others see it literally translated as "the end of time" - possibly meaning the end of an era/age. Many religions have similar beliefs in time ages. The reason many are taking great interest in this Mayan prediction is because of the accuracy in which they were able to predict many other celestial events with pinpoint accuracy such as eclipses and appearance of comets. We still don't understand how they were able to do this.
Since many other belief systems prophecize about an end date, the 2012 date may fit right in to their perspectives (Dvapara Yuga, Hopi prophecies, Apocalypse, etc.). I, personally, hope it is neither a prophecy nor a self-fulfilling prophecy of the end of the world.
If the Mayans were so prophetic, how did they fail to foresee the utter collapse of their own civilisation? For the Mayans, the world ended a long long time ago.
No. It is merely superstitious nonsense. There have always been doomsday prophets and claims that the sky is about to fall on our heads, for some reason people are very easily attracted to such hokum.