All those exceptional human beings, scattered so few and far between through the centuries, have each in their time delivered judgement on "humanity." According to one: man is an animal. According to another: he is a hypocrite. According to another : he is a liar. And so on.
Perhaps I won't be too wide of the mark when I say: he is a waffler - and encouraged by the gift of speech, in that.
With the help of speech everyone participates in the highest - but to participate in the highest with the help of speech, and in doing so to talk nonsense, is as much a mockery as to participate in a royal banquet by being a spectator in the gallery.
Were I a pagan, I would say: an ironic deity bestowed on humanity the gift of speech so as to amuse himself watching such a self-deception.
Of course from a Christian viewpoint, God bestowed the gift of speech upon humanity out of love, so making it possible for all to gain a real understanding of the highest - oh, with what sorrow must God look down at the result!
Journals, 1383

In contrast, Kierkegaard does suggest that we are typically quite inwardly-inclined.

  I suppose that polytheism is a good enough way of describing a monotheistic sense of humour.