Ignorance is said to be the root of our experiencing life in an illusory way.
Yes, dreaming we're awake, sleepwalking. But ignorance on a cosmic scale, not just some lack of information.
Try looking at it in terms of an addiction.
Addiction to what?
To anything except our true nature. To anything that stimulates and reinforces our self as separate from Self.
Why such power in the distraction?
Couple of things come to mind. First, whatever attracts us in the world reflects, and is somehow invested in, Self/God's infinite know ledge, power and bliss state.
So now God is the culprit.
In a way, yes.
Second, the distractions scatter our awareness. If it were recollected enough we could feel the ever-present attraction to the Beloved.