Just about since the first time I heard the word Paradigm related to a future shift in humankind it has been connected with the idea that one can pick and choose that which will be shifted and changed. It seemed that people felt that this would be a serve yourself revolution, something like a salad bar, and one's most cherished aspsects of the current paradigm would remain untouched as perfect, enduring, and eternal. Like packing ones bags including favored ideas, myths, religious beliefs, and notions of life and the universe in preparation to board a train bound for The New Paradigm, it would not be necessary to change much or sacrifice basic ideas. It would just be a new and improved version of now.
A new Paradigm, in the view of the particular viewer, would then leave their specific religion and worldview untouch for the most part and maybe just be about the rest of the world "coming around" to their way of seeing. In a way, some folks I've spoken with seem to feel something like "If there ain't gonna be no Big Bang (or fill in this with a religion, political party, lifestyle, or habit such as cigarettes) there I'm just not going to go".
Over the years when I've been around talk of this big future revolution, Paradigm Shift, global transformation, etc., eyebrows raise, jaws drop, and steam comes out of ears when I suggest that this will mark the virtual end to some of the old ways of thinking and seeing, such as The Big Bang Theory (which has actually died many times over only to be revamped and rebuilt) and the idea of everyone coming together, in John Lennon fashion, without any one belief system taking over...well, it's just preposterous.
The word apocalypse is defined as revelation, among other things, and the coming global shift or transformation could be a Paradigm Shift in which change is fundamental all across the board, or not. It is just interesting to me that so many people seem inclined to see their beliefs as untouchable or permanent. History shows that this cannot be true.