As much as civilization walk to a dark fate, such as war, discrimination, subjugation, I always remember that at all times like the history of mankind, there is a resurrection. A comeback.
In the story, must have had many "prophets" indicating the end of the world and the world remains firm in its evolution.
Personally, I do not think the world will end in December 2012. However, I think we are still many changes, both in the structure of our planet, and in the psychological structure of the Human Being.
An interesting fact about the Human Being is that even before any idea about the end, we rarely thought that dominate us. Always want and desire to move forward.
Evolution does not stop, whether we realize it or not.