The division of opinions among political parties is good for democracy in new nations.
Division of opinions among political parties is good for democracy in new nations.
I don't know if "the" must be used before "division of opinions".
I would not use "the" because this is a general statement that is not referring to any specific, identifiable situation where there is division of opinions.
However, I would use "the" because we are using a construction with "of" ("A of B" = "division of opinions") that makes "division" specific because it is the specific division of opinions ("A" is being made specific: it is the A of B). Having said this, I feel that "division of opinions" is an expression where maybe this rule for "of" does not apply, because we are not saying literally that the opinions are being divided between the parties (where maybe we would use "the") but we are using the expression "division of opinions", which carries a different meaning.
So, what is correct and idiomatic, and why? My intuition is that "the" must not be used here, but maybe I am wrong.