Apocalyptic visions of the future and compelling
predictions of doom have captured the popular imagination since
the dawn of civilization. So far—fortunately for
us—they've all gotten it wrong. But now there's another
date to mark down at the end of your calendar: the year 2012.
According to an ancient Mayan prophecy, derived from their
sophisticated calendric system, the world as we know it is
supposed to undergo a calamitous shift at that time. To find out
more about this end-time prediction, along with other
potentially cataclysmic global changes we may face in the not-so
distant future, Maura O'Connor spoke with Arlington Institute
founder, author, and renowned futurist John Petersen.
Petersen, considered to be one of the most informed futurists
in the world, discusses some very real causes for a possible
global paroxysm, so-called “wild cards” (predictable
sources of sudden global change) such as peak oil or rapid
climate change. They also discuss the diverse sources that seem
to bolster the notion that the year 2012 could be a significant
turning point and look at the ways we might
prepare—personally and collectively—for a radical
breakdown of everything familiar. Could the doomsayers really be right this time? Let’s hope not, but whatever the case, the future of our modern civilization holds more promise and peril than ever. And like few people, futurist John Petersen has made it his business to investigate, sometimes in unconventional ways, all possibilities.