Money’s just how you keep score
Money is inherently worthless. Sure, some can be melted into components or made into fuel. But, by and large, it has no value. You can’t eat it or build stuff out of it. Heck, mostly it’s just digital 1s and 0s on a computer somewhere. Most of mine is. It’s only value is that we’ve basically decided it has value. Similarly, gold is equally useless other than some specialized applications and things. Gold is not used that often in those applications and is usually just made into shiny things or stored in vaults.
This is why I don’t understand calls to return to the gold standard. Does it matter that the means of communication we all agree to trade under is based on bits of data or shiny rocks? Probably not.
That and there’s more money than gold.