Theory - 2012 was established as the end date for life as we know it based on population increases and a limited amount of natural resources. Could major wars(WW1 WW2 etc), which drastically reduced populations, have postponed our shelf life by a few decades? Could the Mayans last calendar cycle have been based on their observations of their own civilizations rise and subsequent demise? Interesting read on Easter island, to give you an idea of overpopulation and unsustainable growth on a miniature scale. *Easter Island Abstract In just a few centuries, the people of Easter Island wiped out their forest, drove their plants and animals to extinction, and saw their complex society spiral into chaos and cannibalism. Are we about to follow their lead?