Throughout history we have witnessed how people as a community have done their best effort in order to achieve the common well. Great civilization such as the Greek or Roman Empire are an indubitable evidence of it. However, these civilization have also shown in one way or another how people have been defending their beliefs and rights against what they considered unfair and unjust, from the government in many cases, thereby causing the first traces of civil disobedience. Throughout history "Civil Disobedience" has played a significant role in many of the social reforms that we all take for granted today, reforms such as the abolition of slavery, civil rights movement, and anti-war movements. Although many would point Henry David Thoreau as the father of civil disobedience, since he was the first person using the term when in 1848 he wrote "Resistance to Civil Government," there is existent records that show that civil disobedience has been around for a long time. In fact, the Bible has shown that the greatness of the Roman Empire was eclipsed by the injustice of it. As consequence, thousands of Christians ended up in jail or killed for disobeying laws that went against their moral beliefs, laws that did not let them practice their faith and preach it. .
Carried by the motto "that government is best which governs least,"[Thoreau] Henry David Thoreau, defines "Civil Disobedience" as "a pacific act of willful resistance, achieved by not obeying laws he considers to be unmoral and unjust [Thoreau]." History shows us that civil disobedience is merely necessary when the relatively minorities face the majorities, who enact laws that prejudice them by ignoring their moral rights, beliefs, needs, and demands. In this cases, when power is unbalanced, and the society is unstable "civil disobedience" is one of the few strategies left for citizens that brings immediate attention to any unjust or unmoral law.