Hi Omega! I agree that debate for the purpose of debate and propping up your own ego is a hollow victory. I am certainly not perfect in this regard, and I admit that at times I value "winning" more than "self-improvement" and having the courage to be humble enough to admit that the other person made a good point that I can't refute, but I do consider this a vice and not a virtue. The purpose of debate should be to put your ideas through a crucible so that your flaws may be revealed and your understanding revised based on the best evidence/logic/reason you are aware of.
Thanks for the welcome, Godismyloveforever!