In Brave New World, what is the meaning of the following quote? "And that," put in the Director sententiously, "that is the secret of happiness and virtue—liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny."

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The Director speaks "sententiously," which means in a very pompous and moralizing way. He is addressing a group of students from his superior position in society, telling them how it is, in a way that can't be questioned. He goes on to inform his students that what makes people happy is liking what they have to do. This flips on its head the idea that people should discover what it is they like and find a way to do it as the key to happiness.

This quote gets to the heart of the philosophy of the World State: individuality is suppressed in favor of conformity. The Directors decide from on high what is best for the society as a whole. People are taught from birth that their fate is inevitable and are conditioned to like it.

We see examples of that with the Delta...

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he means that normal people is what they want; to have people to do their jobs, and they are glad. While the human beings created by Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre cannot scape because that is their destiny.

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