Dense article. I relate very well with your distinctions.
I usually choose the “clean” path, and sometimes the “human” path. But I’m absolutely attracted by the wilder path. I’ve just a technical problem with this: I can do it in Italian, but the language barrier — with English — is really an issue when exploring, for me.
I think that all the three paths, that you well described in such an evocative way, lead to interesting explorations. Maybe we should try all of them, from time to time.