The people in the city at this time were second generation wealthy. They had not worked for it, they inherited it.
William Barclay describes the city as “a city of peace, not peace won thru battles, but the peace of the man whose dreams are dead, minds are asleep, the peace of lethargy”.
They no longer had to struggle or claw for what they had, they simply enjoyed the benefits without appreciating how they were attained. A lot of folks enjoy the benefits of this country without having worked for it.
Generations are gone who have had to fight to ensure our freedom and have worked to build businesses that we all now enjoy.
I heard one commentator say it this way. Since our country is at peace with pretty much all the world (we’re not in a Vietnam or Korea or WW2) war is not on the forefront of every news cast.
Since we as a country don’t have a common enemy, we have turned on ourselves.
We become our own enemy.
Now we have a small understanding of what the city was like: (maybe like we are today?)