Friday, September 14, 2012
Although the rapid population growth allowed for a higher rate of efficiency in manual labor, Earth not being capable of providing enough sustenance caused a conflict between the wealthy and the poor. He states that "this [there not being enough food] difficulty must [...] be severely felt by a large portion of mankind." He is implying that for there to be a revolution and enlightenment of the poor where they realize the flaws in how they have been doing things, a great many of them need to be effected by hunger; he thinks when this happens they will realize that they are the only ones to blame, not the higher class like they have been blaming. He goes on to mention preventative checks, which essentially is human's risk taking assessment, specifically based around determining if they are capable and have the resources to care for a child. He thinks, however, that the lower class is bad at assessing this risk. When the poor find themselves overwhelmed by not being able to provide for the many children they have, the lower class tends to "accuse his parish," or "the avarice of the rich," or the institutions of society." They blame others trying to find a reason for their failure and in a hotheaded state will not accept that they are to blame. Them blaming the middle and upper classes creates conflict and disagreement between the classes, This great division may weaken the government and cause it to make more empty promises to the poor to keep them content. For the poor to begin to lessen in numbers, Malthus thinks they must first stop blaming others for their problems and learn to better assess risk.