This reminded me that I can only change myself and that ego deflation can be a life saver. Such a great message in a compact story.
I can't help but think about ego in this story. The captain continually barking out his credentials is pure ego. But when he realizes that the other ship is a lighthouse he changes course. We must learn our own egos may be dangerous to us. And to not let them get in the way.
This story is a subtle reminder that no matter how big and powerful you think you might be, there is always something bigger. Let go of your pride and prepare to change course.