Gary Saul Morson, 'On the political and moral lessons of Fyodor Dostoevsky', at The New Criterion.
"Humanness, as opposed to formicness, requires not just product but process. Effort has value only when it can fail, while choices matter only if the world is vulnerable and depends in part on our doing one thing rather than another. Ants do not make choices."
See Dostoevsky, "White Nights", Gateway to the Great Books (10 Vol., 1963) volume 3, The Brothers Karamazov, Great Books of the Western World (first edition, 52 Vol., 1952) volume 52, Great Books of the Western World (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 52.