Apolinario Chile Pixtun, a Guatemalan Mayan Elder, says the doomsday theories surrounding 2012 spring from Western, not Mayan ideas. He's tired of being bombarded with frantic questions about the Mayan calendar supposedly "running out" and claims that it's not the end of the world. He and other Mayans report that such ideas have little to no traction in their community, where there are currently more pressing concerns--such as the amount of rainfall in the region.
According to a recent AP article, the frustration of contemporary Mayans is shared by many archaeologists and astronomers "who say the only thing likely to hit Earth is a meteor shower of New Age philosophy, pop astronomy, Internet doomsday rumors and TV specials such as one on the History Channel which mixes 'predictions' from Nostradamus and the Mayas and asks: 'Is 2012 the year the cosmic clock finally winds down to zero days, zero hope?'"
While the idea of a destructive apocalypse is derided, the article goes on to point out the many links between archeological evidence and astronomical predictions that supports the idea that something major is due to happen on or around the date of December 21, 2012. The article also refers to the author John Major Jenkins who has researched the 2012 prophecy for over two decades and argues that we should honor the date designated by the Mayans, not because it will be the end of the world, but because it will usher in a time of "transformation and renewal."