Loftiness: Taichung, Taiwan

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Children visiting Science Museum Botanical Park Taiwan

Alisa Mappes ©

At the Science Museum Botanical Park in Taichung, Taiwan, two families walk together on a path, sons riding high on the thrones of their fathers’ shoulders.

“Man should know his own self, and know those things that lead to loftiness or to baseness, to shame or to honor, to wealth or to poverty.”—Bahá’u’lláh, Tablet of Tarazát.


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!