OK so far I think I have learned that money is a commodity that was created to replace barter. At first, as gold or metal coins, it had an actual intrinsic value. Apparently, people took to hoarding it in the goldsmiths vaults, and upon doing so would be given a written receipt declaring the value of what had been lodged. Before too long these notes themselves came to be used as money because they were lighter and more convenient than gold. All good so far. Seems that there couldn't be any civilisation without such a commodity as money.
What happened next though, was that the sneaky vault owners, God damn them, realised that they could make as much paper money as they liked, and that they could charge people gold to lend it out to them. Rather than legislate against this terrible and obvious scam, the powers that be (rich people), decided that it was a Very Good Scam, and they let it continue. After a while they made it so that the paper receipts didn't even represent gold anymore. And here we are today.
This appears to my catholic indoctrinated mind be a fairly immoral state of affairs. I really don't think it's what Jesus would have wanted at all. Therefore I am wondering what steps could be taken to put it right, and what consequences they might have. For instance, can we set everything to zero, and then start again with representative money that uses energy as its standard, measured in kilowatt hours? Is it possible to outlaw the system where private banks create the money supply out of thin air?