OC says - "We show how little we love God by preferring to listen to His servants only... we do not desire that God Himself should speak to us."
This is the result of unhealthy fear, of believing God wants to dispense punishment instead of grace. We know we are guilty and we forget about His forgiveness.
We also know, intuitively, that when He speaks it will require a response. We'd rather stay silent, hiding in places we think are safe.
Our ignorance of our God is apalling, yet we insist on maintaining it. With understanding comes responsibility and we run from it.
God help us all.