Today I’ve reduced the length of the list of important principles in philosophy/physics, which are unknown to me, by one: I now know the “Floriani Priniciple“. It is in fact closely related to the Somebody Else’s Problem Field, but predates the discovery of the latter by at least 1000 years.

The Floriani Principle states that a problem is just as good as solved, if you can turn it into somebody else’s problem. In its original form it is expressed as the following cynical prayer: “O holy Saint Florian, spare my house, kindle others”

One of its most popular applications concerns the location of new landfills, which is a problem which Naples is currently facing.

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