" If ONLY 10% of the world's population believe that 12/21/2012 spells disaster, what would happen?"
There is approximately 6.7 billion people on this planet.
That translates to 670 million people behaving badly. What is even more disturbing is that 10% is most likely an understatement.
It is completely logical assumption that there will be an emotional reaction to the predictions for 2012. That can not be denied.
From what is written about 2012, the scenario is doomsday. There is no shortage of information, from books to movies to websites on the Internet. If you Google 2012, there are 13 million websites. It is mainstream news and discussions have appeared in newspaper articles and magazines and heard on television and radio. As 2012 approaches, there will likely be a frenzy of even more information gathering in speed and intensity.
Add to that the uneasiness of current global problems ( earthquakes, volcanoes, melting glaciers, oil spills, financial meltdowns, disease) and you have potentially a cause for people , in general, to be more willing to jump on the doomsday bandwagon.
Now back to 670 million people behaving badly.
Fear is an emotional response to a perceived threat and is the most basic human survival instinct. People will be fearful. When people operate from fear, especially when they perceive their life is in jeopardy, they will do whatever it takes to survive. In the scenario presented by the 2012 prophecies, there is no escaping but rather enduring and hopefully surviving whatever the impending disaster might be.
Think for a moment of the Titanic, a story we all know well. The difference is , in this scenario, we will not be able to exit the planet in an orderly fashion.
If 2012 is a complete "no show", you are still going to have to deal with the fear. As the clock continues to tick, time is bringing us closer to 12/21/12, and there will be chaos. There will be people who will break the law. There will be violence. There will be hoarding. There will be uncivilized behavior.
The very fact that people believe the potential impending doom of 2012 will create difficult circumstances for all of us to deal with no matter what we personally believe. Potentially, fear itself could be the most destructive part of the 2012 equation.
Imagine 670 million people on this planet behaving badly and you get a sense of how destructive this fear could be and how that fear might effect you and your family.
Regardless of what 2012 brings, this problem will need to be addressed. I wonder if our governments have given thought to human nature and the implications of 2012 upon the psyche of humanity.
Y2K in the year 2000 never happened. Still it was a notable doomsday scenario in recent memory. I can recall countless reassurances by our government and media that nothing was going to happen and the problem had been addressed.
The silence from our leaders is almost eerie.
The question really is, when it comes to 2012, is fear our greatest enemy?