Reducing risks of living.
“Life, once spawned, wants to survive. All the rest is just a consequence.”
In order to avoid “ending up dead” the living entity would want to avoid situations that could end up - deadly. Which further means that reducing the risks of living would be a good strategy to follow. Hence more you know about your environment and at the end also about yourself more you understand the risks you are facing. More you know, lower is the risk.
The quest for Knowledge therefore - is what gives the meaning to life."