One of the most famous examples of civil disobedience resulting in more peaceful and harmonious living, is when Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. She did this during a time when segregation on public buses was a law in Alabama and Montgomery. Her actions, as well as actions of other people including famous ones like Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson, began a protest known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Rosa Parks was arrested for breaking the segregation law. The boycott that followed resulted in a historic case called Browder v. Gayle. Eventually, during this case, the Supreme Court ruled that the laws in Alabama and Montgomery were unconstitutional.
In this day and age, people can sit wherever they want to in restaurants and on all types of public transportation. People of all different backgrounds and races use these ways to get where they are going such as work, recreation and leisure activities. These heroic acts of civil disobedience created a nature where basic freedoms are given to all people regardless of their race.
Another way that people have chosen to use civil disobedience stems from Pacifism. This is when people are in favor of peace and are against war and violence. The roots of Pacifism are founded in the Hindu and Buddhist religions. It was taught and followed by many others including Jesus Christ. The Protestant Reformation which began in the sixteenth century, started new varieties of what were called peace churches. Many of these can be seen in our immediate area such as the Amish and the Church of the Brethren. The Amish refuse to perform military service and do without many of the modern conveniences that most Americans enjoy. Despite these differences in belief systems and refusal to comply with the social norms, the Amish live in our neighboring communities without persecution. They travel into our communities as we do theirs to buy and sell goods in peace and harmony despite our differences.