present in a number of philosophies and, most prominently, as a fundamental tenet of Buddhism, is the concept that desire - or craving, attachment, wanting - leads to suffering.
this has never sat quite right with me. the idea behind this concept in these philosophies is that freeing oneself from desire will bring happiness and peace, will eliminate suffering. I can see how this idea comes about. However, I believe that escaping desire will lead to complacency, unmotivation. Desire initiates drive.
I propose a counter-theory: expectations lead to suffering.
now, this may just be a different way of saying the same thing, and I have to do some reading to see if anyone else has expounded on this or a similar concept