Maha- Your A. and B. conclusions align with my Buddhist practice and a term translated in English as Kyochi Myogo. The idea is how do you fuse your subjective and objective realities to achieve wisdom. Your subjective is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror, along with the 3,000 realms the Lotus Sutra says you experience in a single moment. Your objective reality is how others see you, in your blog, and in your daily reality with others. You stand up in front of your students trying to be something, and what do they think you are trying to be or do? Anyone that works in an education environment ponders this. Buddhism also suggests that you indeed must change inside to manifest the change in your environment. So we indeed protect our values, but the real challenge is to share or spread our values with those that observe us, hoping they understand our motivation. We want to be authentic.