Walk around looking through a fake lens
There are a few possible interpretations for this line:
Drugs and alcohol give you a good feeling so it could make you think you’re doing the right thing for yourself, but it’s actually leading you down the wrong path.
It could also be interpreted as referring to the current trend of people wearing fake, non-prescription glasses, or lensless frames made popular by NBA players
Finally, he could be referencing the way people use technology in place of normal interaction, and perception. Instead of viewing the world in the actual sense, we see it through the lens of social media, which is supported by the next line.
More than anything he’s saying that most people have a deluded, artificial perspective of the world that is created by ideology, the media, and other pernicious influences. The song, more than anything, is about “awakening” from this conscious slumber to the ugly truths of the world and also to the mind-boggling nature of reality in this inexplicable universe.
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