December 21st, 2012 is widely believed by many to be the end of the world as we know it. Some people believe that on this day the end of humanity will occur. This may come in the form of a natural disaster like a flood, earthquake, or more due to the galactic alignment that also occurs on this day. Or maybe there will be a collision between Earth and a comet, meteor, asteroid, or even another planet. (You can read about this and more in Part 1)
However, an even more likely occurrence is that December 21st, 2012 is a major turning point in human history, not the end of it. It is too bold of a prediction to believe on December 21st, one event will end the world. But it is more realistic to predict that December 21st will be the day a big revelation is made.
Whether this is the day that we make a major discovery that forces the human race to change dramatically or not, the following problems are likely to grow in magnitude sooner rather than later.
The search for alternate energy and fuels has been going on for decades now. And all of it is for good reason. Petroleum oil is a natural resource and will one day run out. Scientists have long been discussing peak oil, which is when oil production will peak and then begin to decrease. This will soon happen.
In 1965 the discovery of oil peaked and beginning in 1980, more oil has been produced every year than discovered. To be fair, there are many reservoirs and untapped sources of oil that are being saved for desperate times.
But the fact of the matter is that oil is a limited resource that is increasing in need. Oil is used for fuel, energy, and for the production of countless goods. Changes in international affairs effect oil costs in the blink of an eye. Oil dictates the economy like no other resource.
Will December 21st, 2012 be the day that we find out that we have reached peak oil? Will it be the day that we find out we are so far past peak oil that the race for alternate fuels and sources of energy will become a sprint?
It is arguable that the economy of the world and in most nations has reached a point where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and the middle class is disappearing. The days of equal opportunities for everyone are in the past. But on December 21st, will something happen to change life as we know it?
Maybe that will be the day where the stock markets crash again and based on how close we are to the 2008 crash, might take down the world economies for the long term. Or maybe this is the day that numerous revolutions happen across the globe leading to the poor people rising up and the order of society changing.
The economy is an issue that will sooner or later need to be taken care of. Even in the United States, the middle class and the lower class are growing restless with the upper class and how the government regulates taxes.
Another thing that might cause the world to change is the environment. While some people like to argue global warming, the changes in the atmosphere, pollution, and the melting of the icecaps and icebergs cannot be ignored. With all of the ice melting, sea levels will rise. It is possible that on December 21st, 2012 the effects of rising sea levels begin to take effect in a big way as ocean currents change and lands are flooded around the globe.
Or maybe December 21st, 2012 is the day that the Internet crashes. What if on this day satellite signals crash? Or maybe the cords that connect the Internet are greatly damaged? Or how about if due to constant use, millions of servers simply crash? How will a world dependent on the Internet and technology react if something happens to destroy the Internet?
Will it all end?
Maybe, maybe not. Some of these things might happen on December 21st. Some of these things will definitely happen eventually, but not necessarily on December 21st. And if it does happen on December 21st, how would that work? Would it be when the West is on December 21st or when the whole world is on December 21st at once?
Regardless of what does or does not happen in a few months, all eyes are on December 21st, 2012 to see if the world changes or if it is just another Friday.