Perhaps the Gods are so distant to help explain why we don’t see them on adaily basis, and why divine intervention is so rare and unsubstantiable.
Perhaps the Gods are distant for the same reason the cool kids in high school hung out on the other side if the cafeteria: it makes them that much cooler and more impressive, and besides; they’re busy doing cool things. You wouldn’t understand.
Perhaps the Gods are distant to better remove themselves from their lab experiment. “You cannot study refraction from inside the prism.”
Perhaps the Gods are distant so that we are not tempted to cross the narrow gulf between us, and drown in the trying. (Or have to be drowned).
Perhaps the Gods are so distant because we have not lived up to their standards, and they have abandoned us.
Perhaps the Gods are distant because, having created us, they learned that they could not properly care for us, and so left us on someone’s porch to have them care for us, not knowing the house attached to the porch was abandoned. So, we grow up yearning for intimacy, and without parents to provide it.
Perhaps the Gods are distant for the same reason the cyclops is difficult to find.
Perhaps the Gods are distant because their proximity is dangerous or disruptive to our existance.
Perhaps the Gods are distant only in appearance; they are all around us, if only we knew how to look.
Perhaps the Gods are distant so that we don’t ask difficult questions of (or about) them.