#5. Religious and ethnic hatred
Religious and ethnic hatred is increasingly becoming the world’s most serious threat. With growing conflicts engulfing the Middle East, people in the region name religious and ethnic hatred most frequently as the greatest threat to the world. And the tensions come from political and economic imbalances. This is not about belief, this is something about being part of the same nation on an equal footing. Hatred has become the kind of, the go-to category for thinking about popular emotion in conflicted societies. In Lebanon, 58% identify religious and ethnic hatred as the top threat, the highest level of concern in any surveyed country. Religious hatred is the top concern among Lebanese Christians (56%), Shia Muslims (62%) and Sunni Muslims (58%) alike. But concern about this threat is also prevalent in the Palestinian territories, Tunisia, Egypt and Israel.