Gomez's group issued a statement saying that the new Maya time cycle simply "means there will be big changes on the personal, family and community level, so that there is harmony and balance between mankind and nature."
I like this... this makes much more sense considering global dynamics and the state of the world than an anticlimactic, abrupt end.
This is pretty much the way I've interpreted it - a shift of consciousness. Which may seem like "the end of the world" to some, but ultimately, hopefully, will result in higher consciousness. In my perspective, global dynamics and the state of the world are pointing to it.
It may not be without some sort of growing pains, however.