Is it always or only sometimes the lens through which we see the reality? What is really a reality and whether we are able to see it or it is always shaped by the lens through which we see it. When we are born we get multiple lenses: genetic inheritance, gender, culture, and our family, all of which constitute our sense of reality. Looking back later, we see that we lived less from that everything is possible but more from the reality we agreed to by using different lenses. "Reality" will always appear in the language. Language is the ultimate reality and the media through which reality is offered. Language - what we say (about others, about ourselves and the whole world), who we are.
Language is inseparable from who we are, and what gives us access to our true nature - to all humanity. Freedom to live without lenses.