This is the final page of the Dresden Codex depicting the Mayan version of the deluge at the end of the world. I am not enthusiastic about specific predictions of future events unless they are linked to real phenomena, but these old Mayan graphics are beautiful and very provocative. The Probaway predictions for the Doomsday event are based on the concept of an accumulation of stressful factors in a synergistic positive feedback cycle that eventually reaches a catastrophic tipping point.
When the Mayans were predicting the end of the world from a thousand or more years ago, their predictions were based on various speculations which have no contact with the causal reality of events here on Earth, but only with random astronomical relationships. A conjunction at the winter solstice of the sun with the Equator of the Milky Way, and the Ecliptic of the sun was made a key point for calibrating their calendar. If you move the Earth about its orbit even a little all of the relationships change, and then their calendar would have had a different set point. Modern astronomers use a similar set of astronomical crossings to base their day count upon, called the Julian Day. So far as I know everyone realizes that the setting of the choice points for the Julian Day count were to some degree arbitrarily chosen to fit astronomers’ needs, and so no end of world predictions are based on them. However, the date 21-12-2012 when forecast from thousands of years back, on the Mayan calendar, may prove accurate to less than one part in a hundred for the year of our Doomsday event. That degree of accuracy for most human, and even most scientific purposes is considered quite good.
The Central American societies were also expecting the end of the world the last time their calendar hit a critical point, and they were right that time because that is the day that Cortes landed in Mexico with a tiny army, and he and his gang soon conquered the Aztecs, and South America as well. However, Cortes no doubt knew that that was a special day to those people. With the knowledge of a forecast of someone similar to him expected to appear on a special day he then chose to land on that critical day. It was simply good PR for him to fit in with the local prophesies. That date would have been so much more prophetic if it had been the day Columbus landed, because then no one could have had any fore-knowledge, and pre-planned the event.
Others have said, and done similar things such as Jesus purposefully coming into Jerusalem on a certain day, in a certain way to fulfill a prophesy. But for the Doomsday event —
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”(Matt 24:36):
I would even doubt that any god like power could predict the Doomsday event, unless they intentionally set about to create it themselves at a specific time. Abe Lincoln was prescient when he said, “The best way to predict your future is to create it!” Some angry, vengeful or bewildered person like Jack D. Ripper might just do that. But, I would say, the only way to predict the future is to comply with mother nature’s pre-ordained events, or to force some specific thing over which you have control to happen at a particular time of your choosing, by your own purposeful actions. However, for most of us that means little more than clicking to the next TV channel to see what’s going on over there.
In this time of a growing accumulation of world stresses, that are going to soon engulf our civilization, in CO2 heat, lowland floods, and highland drought, we should heed Noah’s warning and prepare an Ark for humanity’s survival. The Probaway Lifehaven Strategy proposes to do exactly that, and to create a gene bank of all species possible with which to rebuild the planet after the present 6.7 billion people have destroyed it. If you are one of the people who doesn’t have a negative carbon footprint on a daily basis, you are guilty of aggravating the problem. I know of not a single person who has a negative carbon footprint, and even Al Gore, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the great political prophets of CO2 doom, are among the worst carbon polluters with all of their silly jetting about. Instead, of squandering, they should spend a lot of their publicly visible time setting examples of how to reduce CO2 by doing things which sequester it. For most people this means growing green plants, and burying them. That is rather pathetic, and if all 6.7 billion people were doing things like that it they would make only a tiny difference, but it would also make them aware of their carbon balance. The quickest way to a huge drop in the human carbon footprint is to shut down the tourist industry and pump up cars tires to the maximum pressure allowed. People don’t need to travel for recreation. Marcus Aelius Aurelius said it two millenniums ago, and perfectly, “Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the mountains. . .But all this is unphilosophical to the last degree. . .when thou canst at a moment’s notice retire into thyself.” You don’t need to go some distant place for recreation when, a short walk several times a day will please your body, and spirit even more.