It won’t come. There’s not such an easy way out.
Easy way out? Poles reversing and the world being ripped apart as a result (based on one of the more recent variations of what’s supposed to happen on 12/21/12) doesn’t sound like an easy out to me. What’s really funny to me is how this Mayan Calander thing has changed over the years. I first became aware of it in my teenage years in the 70’s, when I was fascinated with the concept of aliens having visited earth in the past. At the time I was reading several books by Erich von Daniken such as Chariot of The Gods, Gold Of The Gods and two or three others. In one of them it talked about a visit to a Mayan site and the Mayan Calander and refered to the infamous date of 12-21-12. Except in that version of the Mayan Calander story the world wasn’t supposed to end on 2012 but rather Aliens who supposedly were responsible for things like the Nazca Lines in Peru (which make images only visible from the sky and were created well before man had the ability to fly) would supposedly return to Earth at that time. Since then however it has become, for some reason, a forecast of doomsday with one version being that due to some sort of cosmic alignment of planets the earth’s poles will suddenly shift causing earthquakes, tsunamis and the earth being stripped of the part of the atmosphere that protects us from the damagin effect of solar winds.
Actually, it’s hard to know exactly what the Mayans were predicting with the 12/21/12 date - I’m not sure if you could really even call it a prediction. The Mayans’ “long-count” calendar, which is the calendar that supposedly predicts our doom (they had three calendars, each of which were more accurate than ours today), simply ends at 12/21/12 - that is the end of this particular “time epoch” or cycle (called a b’ak’tun). There are, in fact, inscriptions in Mayan ruins that refer to dates after 12/21/12, so obviously the Mayans did think we would be around for awhile after that. I believe the latest date reference found so far is in the year 4772, LOL!
But the Mayans aren’t the only source of concern for some concerning this date. Prophets through the years have predicted great troubles surrounding the year 2012. People like Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce foretold ominous events unfolding and great societal changes (or demise). I even heard once of a program that searches the web for some sort of signs of societal change and mumbo-jumbo that has come up with 12/21/12 as the date of some sort of cataclysmic event. 12/21/12 has become a cottage industry.
But then, the end of epochs has always captured our attention, and it does seem that the beginning of a millenium is often marked with societal and political upheavals. The years around 1000AD saw the beginning of the dark ages and assorted other joys (black plague, etc.). Remember our own fascination with Y2K? Not so much the computer date-change thing, that was a real possibility - but all of the other doom-and-gloom predictions. My take on that is, if there are to be great changes in our world at the end of a millenium, I doubt it would happen exactly in time with our calendar. So 2012 doesn’t seem that far off from 2000, if you want to tie the whole “Mayan Calendar/New Millenium” thing together.
Of course, if you tie enough “stuff” together, you can support almost any argument…