My latest thoughts on 2012 were inspired by a post by Lon on the blog Phantoms and Monsters. Lon's post is about what appears to be planet sized spheres in the sun's corona that may be UFOs, expelled plasma, light distortion, or something else. Lon's post isn't about 2012, but thinking about the anomalies around the sun's corona made me consider possible excuses people may use if the year 2012 comes and goes without the world ending or a great awakening.
Would anyone suggest that aliens came and numbed the effects of the sun during 2012? Would they point to something like planet-sized UFOs around the sun claiming that the UFOs were there to prevent the earth's poles from shifting? Would others accuse aliens of preventing a great awakening? What other excuses might believers use?
Maybe instead of accepting that nothing significant happened, they would instead point to some event such as a major election or fancy new invention and herald it as the beginning of a new age. The event itself might not be that significant in the grand scheme of things, but maybe they would consider it to be only the very beginning and that the world would change more over time because of it. In other words, they may say an event occurring in 2012 is beginning of a new era in much the same way someone might use the phrase, "Today is the first day of the rest of my life."
As for me, I still just have a wait and see attitude. I'm not really a believer or a non-believer. But if 2012 comes and goes without anything significant happening in the world (or to the world), I'm curious to see how the believers will deal with it. Even if nothing significant occurs, I doubt the hype will go away over night.