There are many rumors and theories about what will happen in 2012, none of which we can be certain about. Some people believe there will be great floods, extreme weather changes, famines due to uncultivatable conditions, economic ruin, political upheaval, etc. Though it seems the trends are pointing in all these directions, individual citizens are nearly powerless to change the circumstances and are kept in the dark about most of what's really going on.
Regardless of the circumstances and of the conditions we may face in the near future, there are several precautionary steps one can take to ensure the safety and well being of friends and loved ones.
1. Better yourself. Though you may not be able to single-handedly save the world from total chaos, great changes can be made by individual people. As Confucius once said; "To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first but the family in order; to put the family in order we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right." When the heart is pure and the thoughts are positive, creativity emerges without restraint. You'll then be able to come up with your own innovative ideas about how to face the possible future misfortunes we may encounter. Aim for achieving Wisdom, Integrity, Sincerity, Empathy and Respect and you'll be on your way to a higher level of self-actualization.
2. Step back to the essentials. Remaining focused on what MTV has to offer, the new fashion styles of the season or what TV drama shows are coming up with are all forms of distraction effectively used to appease the populous. Rather than being once of the masses and allowing media's hypnotic strategies to work their magic, start bringing your focus back on the essentials. Take a look at Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Nowhere is it written that brand name clothing or expensive jewelry is an essential component for healthy development or overall well-being. Concentrate on food, water, safety, love and friendship and you'll have all your bases covered.
3. Become self-reliant. Thinking that the government and social system is going to be there to help and support you in a time of need is an illusion. Rather, your best option is to think about ways of eliminating your reliance on others. Find your own electricity and energy source and start cultivating for yourself. Between organic foods and medicinal herbs, the needs of private cultivations will increase dramatically. Food productions have been corrupted by greed and transformed our food into poorly nutritious sources with only fractions of the necessary vitamins and minerals they once contained. Our overall health is diminishing greatly and we're needing to turn to medical aid more frequently. Unfortunately for us, these have mostly been corrupted by pharmaceutical industries who have no intention of keeping us healthy. If you want to maintain strength and health, your own personal production of essential food sources and herbal medicines will be needed, especially as natural organic options will be come nearly extinct on the market.
4. Get informed. There are all kinds of resources and information available to those interested in searching for it. Feigning ignorance is not going to help anyone overcome any possible future hardships and certainly provides no help to getting prepared. Pull your head out of the sand and start asking the right questions.