Do you need to stain or finish wood?

I literally know nothing about working with wood and the proper steps to take care of when working with it so I came to this sub to ask this simple question. I am planning on buying a countertop to use as a desk. From the two options I was deciding on, they both are unfinished, and one is stained and one isn’t. I don’t really know what staining or finishing wood does but from what I’ve seen I don’t have the tools to do it or space to do it since I live in a pretty small apartment. My question was, is staining and finishing the butcher block necessary, or would I be able to get away with just using it as is? Thank you to anyone who responds.

The two options I was thinking about.

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