Where is the true nature of man? Rousseau spoke of the essence, which he understood as an ideal state of undisturbed happiness. But is it true nature is good? Is it also barbaric, rough and cruel? Houston Astros Hate Us. The Oxford auditorium was full, when Thomas Henry Huxley, a close friend of Darwin, gave a lecture in 1893. The famous natural researcher that day was Evolution and Ethics. Huxley declared: Nature is not good, on the contrary it is cruel and completely indifferent to humans. A person is definitely an animal, and the presence of this animal is purely coincidental.