and so anyway it turns out that the Anna Karenina Principle, which never having read Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies I had not even heard of until today, does not – as it should – mean:
sooner or later you are bound to throw yourself under a train
I cannot believe the contortions Jared Diamond puts the opening of Tolstoy’s novel
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way
through to make it means what he wants it to mean. But kudos, I guess, for coming up with a forced literary allusion rather than naming it after himself, because as Principles go, it is far from being a Diamond one.
See also: the Principle of Fragility of Good Things (which is not something I just made up).