Why is it important to engage in debate?
Debating is not only important....it is imperative. If society is to advance past the days when disputes were (and still are) settled by war or violence, debating and diplomacy must become the norm. Debating is not only a way to understand your opponents viewpoints, but it also helps in shaping your own understanding of the world around, bettering your ability to comprehend and use the information you receive, and a way to exercise the strongest muscle in your body--your brain. And it is a way to learn how everything can be questioned.
I think it's important to engage in debate so you can see how other's feel about topics that interest you. We tend to surround ourselves with people who are similar to us, so oftentimes we don't get to hear people with opinions that differ from our own. If you don't know the best arguments for or against a topic you're interested in you lose out on truly understanding the rationale for other's beliefs and the topic being discussed.
The beauty of CreateDebate is that it spans all geographic borders to enable people from all walks of life to engage in structured debates about whatever topics they so desire.