Conflict between two parties can usually be boiled down to a lack of communication. Us men have been known to occasionally misinterpret simple words, all because we take them at face value and didn't pay attention to the subtle nuances that went along with the word.
Take the following two scenarios for instance:
Can you spot the difference? Did you notice the 'gritted teeth'? That was your subtle clue. You may be surprised to find that even though both replies are identical, they have different meanings. Without factoring in the accompanying clues, one may be tempted to take 'fine' at face value and blindly follow up with "What's for supper?"
See how quickly and innocently misinterpretations can occur?
On that note, I was thinking (yes, I occasionally do) with great sadness about the cancellation of the Space Shuttle program. I am afraid that NASA may not have uncovered the true potential of the Canadarm before the program's end. The heavens are getting more crowded, and a lot of these spaceships carry a lot of men. Space travel is not a place that can tolerate miscommunications, of which there is so much potential, especially when factoring in language barriers as astronauts from different nations participate in the fun. I believe the Canadarm has the potential to deliver clear and concise communications in times of emergency without the aforementioned misinterpretations.
Below I have taken the liberty to draw (as good as I can) a detailed diagram depicting an example of how the Canadarm may be utilised to its' fullest potential. It illustrates the intricacies of emergency communications, complete with gestures during a near-miss between the Space Shuttle and a Soyuz spacecraft. This communication system has been extensively tested and fine-tuned on our highways-system, with spectacular results. The messages are always clear, intelligible, unmistakable and cross all language barriers. Canada would be proud of its' technological-marvel's new role!