The thing is the infected ALSO eat their own in a sick cannibal ritual to further a better parasite at the coat of their lives and the victims.
So various media does hit the topic on the head.
The process leads to soul degradation more specifically the turning of the connections toward furthing the infection in all vectors including toward the soul.>So what about a soul, pfft
Sure whatever, but there is still two other vectors that they demand you sacrifice to them. Mind and Body.
School system is universally considered fucking shit and in a manner of speaking a hazing ritual.
The body has all the bullshit going on in today's world. Not to mention having to be able to work in fucking bizarre environments.
The mind is also facing the same problems. Disconnected to the past and helpful resources combating anything of this level is going to be rough.
The body brain mental state is getiing reamed all the time by demands and various crap.
The social positioning is getting fucked over all the time as well. The family system is borked, the friend system is barely hanging on.
Like gor fucks sake it jist seems to all be going, but it's been doing the slow drain for THOUSANDS OF YEARS. Complacency and ill directed focus just fuck it all up even more.
Okay so good news, technically all of this is considered irreversible. The reason why that's good is because they have a great big weakness. They can't cover it at all ever.
Love, and the elements of friendship.
Okay so actionable bits mean that direct infusion changes them, not alot but enough for self destruction. Hopefully full recovery, but this is mostly proposition. Better news is this also helps in deference and internal attack.
Like very seriously an overwrite of mental meta structures through love and friendship work really well.
Being in various love and true friendships also work.
The soul with these properties also goes even further for yourself and others.
The one problem is that it's a vulnerable position.
The solution is More Love and More Friendship. Granted wisdom is needed to make the most of it, but quantity is its own quality as well.
So in actuality being loving and friens does bring one to a grander scale than the infected could ever conceive of. Taking the point to the furthest logical conclusion, and keeping in mind your current everything there is bonds that lasts forever and ever. That covers all bases.>>311841
One could technically go solo for a very long time with the right tools, but in the seemingly overwhelming situation that's not the best choice alone.
Further still every facet is attempting to be blocked by them. Knowingly or not.
The infectious material is itself semi-sentient. That too must be factored in.