Although food well sustain a growing population for a limited period of time, Malthus believes that the idea of checks, such as famine and disease will allow for a much longer period of sustained population. Malthus stated in the reading, the idea of being human is the demand for food, and the reproduction of life. Malthus believes a growing population is not a bad thing however he is worried that a rapid growth of population well result in total destruction. Too much reproduction well outgrows the food supply and humans need food to reproduce. As stated throughout stanza 3, 4 and 5 from the excerpt, Malthus creates a fairly simple idea that creates great controversy among the poor and the rich. The preventive and the positive checks concludes that Malthus suggest that if you cannot afford a child, then don’t have it. However, if you do in fact want to have a child, be responsible then save up enough money to raise them properly. The problem Malthus see’s is that the poor, which makes up the majority of the social class, are not taking responsibility for their mistakes, and ultimately creating tension between the wealthy and fortuneless.