the sock ruse was a distraction

Here’s a line I found to be particularly interesting:

CG: THAT YOU WERE ALWAYS THE KEY TO SEEDING YOUR OWN EXISTENCE THROUGH THIS GAME. 
CG: AND ANY HOPE THAT IT COULD HAVE PLAYED OUT DIFFERENTLY OR THAT YOU COULD HAVE AVOIDED THIS WHOLE MESS WAS ALWAYS JUST A RUSE. 
EB: a distaction, perhaps? 
CG: WHAT? 
EB: nevermind.

I can’t seem to figure out what John means by “a distraction” though..

Well, first off he’s making a SBAHJ reference.

The suggestion is that a preoccupation with fate and causality might distract you from something that is more important, just like Sweet Bro got angry about socks while Hella Jeff stole his car and drove it into a lake. Or like how Vriska stepped on tons of D4′s and blamed it on bad luck instead of cleaning her room.