This appellation, patron, nag me from Chad.
What a paradox, for someone pretending to contribute to better relations among countries and among people, to be called patron, with the simplicity and directness of a long experience.
Are we the same as before?
I often answer, the masters are all dead. But I’m conscious that’s not true, the masters are still there, in our mind as well as in the mind of the others.
In French patron has a faintly softer meaning, it’s used also for the principal at work, but I never use capo to define people I am working for. Colleagues.
Am I a patron? Younger I didn’t accept having people working for me. Later on I compromised. I’m not happy with that.
Sometimes I was accused of patronising, and I have to admit I have this tendency; is this the same?