I've been studying the many theories of December 21, 2012 (the end of the Mayan Calendar) and what (if any) impact it has on man today.
The interesting part is that MANY PEOPLE feel that it is Not a disasterous nor a enlightened time, but a time of change of a different type. The options of change are endless of course, any change (no matter how insignificant is still change) but many things are happening on this date, most of which is outside the reaches of Man and far from Earth, it is an alignment of the planets and our Solar System with areas far deep into the center of the Milkyway Galaxy.
The believers who put their faith in this massive alignment seem to think of POLAR SHIFTS, or flips in the magnetic poles, which has been proven through science to occure many times in Earth's History. Of course, pole shifting in the past had very little effects to man and beast - if major changes occured, no one able to write of these walked the Earth, nor communicated it to be passed on until today.
Pole shifting today though, COULD HAVE important and profound changes. from the simplest navagational devices we use, the location of satelites, the engines and motors that power everything all of a suddent want to work backwards and often would lose phases and die.
It would be a notable encounter to say the least, but seeming survivable. You wouldn't expect weather in general to change, but you might see jet-streams move differently, the extent of what happens generally effects mechanical design first, the after effects of this will no doubt trickle down to humans.
The Electromagnetic field surrounding and protecting the Earth from deadly solar radiation is created at the center of the Earth where a solid core is surrounded by the liquid outer core which rotates around the inner core, producing a great atmospheric shield that protects us and keeps us from cooking as if in a giant microwave. A sift of poles has indeed happened and NOT always 180 degrees, making South now North and visa-versa but several recored times (through studying rocks and land changes thought to be millions and millions of years ago and as recent as 25 thousand years ago.
Other people think it a second coming of the Lord, but more believe it is a ime of enlightening, a time when we will have a piffany of mind or a radical change in the way our beings interact with the elements of the Universe. Imagine waking to a world where a sixth or seven sense becomes generally experienced by all humans or some understanding (a glimpse) into the real meaning of life, not necessarilly a religious experience, but a new knowledge that we are all part of a live and prolific Universe.
If it is a day of awakening, it could be many things, some written about in great science fiction novels, others mentioned in parable in the books of faith.
If such a thing as experts exist, many agree it will be a good and awakening time for the humans of our small planet. It is too soon for us to walk on Mars (we should barely be back to the Moon by then) but LIFE has a way to find us throught meteors, comets, and small space debre that eventually will make it here proving WE are not alone.
I'd be happy if enlightenment were what we achieve, whether through technology or prophecy - something to give man a reason to quit killing themselves and moving on toward a species who coexist without the need for physical borders.
I really would hope that the last possibility that comes up is the least likely - although it is the REACTION to the following by us is where my concern leans. Some people say that it is time for an evolutionary change will begin - a time where new borns are capable of great and magical things. A new age where Homo-sapian raises a new and evolved species where we have great minds capable of all things in science that only mistify us now. Or maybe healers and beings where the temptation of the physical body is of no challenge to the morals of the conscious mind.
Of course, 12/21/2012 may come and go with nothing, and those who claim that the Mayan Calendar didn't end, they just ran out of rock to chistle it on. I hope we are all around to see that day come and go and see if anything is different - and more importantly, it is there for the better.