Dear Heff, I marvel that your posts do not disappoint! Awesomeness!
Personally, I think something WILL happen. What it will be is surely anyone's guess.
I would wager that humanity is going to get a slap in the face, a shot in the arm, or some sort of revelation one way or the other.
You have 'believers', believing something will happen, and you have the 'non-believers' not believing anything will happen. Can both be wrong?
Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, there's GOT to be a little nagging voice in the background giving one a certain level of
uncertainty in whatever their belief is.
If nothing happens, a slap in the face for the human camp of believers, and maybe a little less so for the those aware of their own doubt.
If something does happen, then a slap in the face for the non-believing crowd, with of course a little less slap for those with reservations.
As far as what's gonna happen, why it could be that subtle thing like the Butterfly Effect
somewhere setting off this huge infinitely variable chain reaction, or something REALLY cosmic like a giant solar flare or other astronomical event
presently unknown, to even of course a situation that resets EVERYONE's beliefs by what is laid before them.
We humans have came a long way at building a giant society, and I would wager that most of us live like kings as compared to periods past where only
the wealthiest could afford the comforts that many of us now enjoy.
Are we ready to live as a large civilization??? As one giant human consciousness??? Perhaps even a 'hive mind'??The speed of communications on a
global scale makes this possible.