Honour: Taipei City, Taiwan

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Alisa Mappes ©

Honoring a great teacher, the Confucius Temple in Tainan, Taiwan. The entire screen bears 205 words of “The Great Learning”. The first portion in this photograph, translated loosely, reads:

“The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout  the kingdom, first ordered well their own states. Wishing to order well their states, they first regulated their families. Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons. Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts. Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts. Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost their knowledge. Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things.”

Alisa lives in Taiwan with her husband Joe. She considers herself extremely lucky to teach children of diverse backgrounds in a European bilingual school in Taipei. When she’s not running after a tiny tot, she’s snapping away on her Canon Rebel and thinking about the needs of an ever advancing society!