Bringing the beauty in the wood out in the visible is what many of us want to do.
Thats why finishing is an issue.
In the thread "Wooden angels" Littlebuddha answered Farmerjon wisely, I think, with the opinion (in short): do your best. You might be able to do better.
Things only meant to look at should expose the beauty of the wood and bring pleasure to the eye. And maybe there ought to be a little shiny gloss of something. It is an angel, afterall.
But sometimes less sanding and finishing is in ok:
I like to make items meant to use, and maybe even put some extra useablilty in the thing.
Bowls to the kitchen, that will get scratches from use and washing, baseballbats to the kids, that will be left outside in the rain and so on.
I am not saying, that sanding is unnessesary, just that I am only going to sand as much as the use of the item demands.
For an example, here on the is a cuttingboard to the kitchen:
And if you turn it up side down, it is a tray to cut a roast without the meat juice is flowing all over the table:
As the board will get cut in and it will be washed, I have sanded it with 120 and given it some vegetable oil for finish. That's all the finish it gets. And that is ok for a piece of wood from the scrap pile.
(Forgive spelling and mysterious language. This is the way danish woodturners write.)