In Jax working on an Air Traffic Control program
Got tired of my generic profile, so..
If there 's one word that could never in any sense be applied to Eric, it must be 'slacker '. 'Innovative ', 'enthusiastic ', 'industrious ' – these are a better fit. 'Self-satisfied ', too, perhaps; arguably, 'predictable '; certainly 'specious '.
Eric is lucky enough to work in the industry he has always aspired to, and consequently his job forms his chief focus, the source of his sense of identity – at times to the neglect of his personal life. His diligence, competitive spirit and apparent optimism have all contributed to his progress to date – traits which can be seen in action as much outside the office as within it. He 's a vegan, an avid gym-goer, an early adopter of any new technology, and one of those infuriating people who always need something specifically productive to occupy their time.
But the fact of the matter is that, regardless of who you asked, it would be a long time before you heard any of that information – if you heard it at all. Because Eric is always described in the same way.
'Him? Oh, he 's a really nice guy. '
And it 's true without a doubt that his most memorable attribute is that he is possessed with a sense of obligation to an unusual degree. Eric is the kind of person who will go out of his way to help someone or to perform some kind of favour, some casual act of generosity – and then if thanked, will get embarrassed and claim gruffly that it was no problem, and you should think nothing of it, really. Eric also listens a lot more than he talks. Born with a hideous need to try to solve other people 's problems, his involvement almost borders on interfering, but it saves him from having to admit to any of his own issues. Essentially, he is dependent on others being dependent on him. He needs to be needed, needs to feel relied upon, to get any sense of validation.
Eric's aim in life is the impossible: to please everyone, to be everything to each person. Eric wants to be known as 'the guy who never lets anyone down ', 'the guy everybody likes ', 'the guy with nothing bad to say '. And for supremely selfish motivation. Eric 's kindness – if you can accurately call it that – has little basis in genuine altruism; it 's simply a tool he uses, in the midst of all his inadequacy and insecurity, to get something he wants. Much more manipulative and calculating than he initially appears, Eric gives, and gives, and gives – but only because he feels he 's 'owed ' appreciation in return. Repressed underneath a patient and easygoing exterior is a simmering layer of tension and resentment, leaking out in the form of sarcasm or passive aggression before being hidden once again.
Eric is a 'nice guy ' – but he never has been a good person.