From the cosmic perspective of some 14 billions years of Evolution,
Evolution has no intent, it has matter, time, motion, outcomes.
Evolution is not a process - Evolution is a result.
An under appreciated analogy for “Evolution,” is to recognize that “Evolution” is a result of time’s relentless forward momentum.
Time is motion.
The sum total of human knowledge shows us with overwhelming consilience that our “Reality” started at what’s been coined the Big Band some 14 billion years ago, when massive pure energy was released to create out Universe.
It’s time/motion that pushed this primal energy to coalesce into bundles such as quarks, and it’s time that drove the universe to expand and cool. It’s time/motion that saw atoms and molecules form.
Time/motion/gravity is what brought vast clouds of molecular dust together into swirling nurseries for stars to be formed, only to run through their life cycles, with some exploding and producing all the elements heavier than iron. Time/motion/gravity is what sweeps together those remnants into new stars and planets.
Here in our corner of the Universe, conditions were promising for something special to happen, and it did. It’s time/motion/gravity with sunshine and radioactivity that created Earth’s geological turmoil which is the source of life
Time married Earth’s geology with biology, and it has driven all the changes since. One second, minute, day at a time. Resulting in folds within folds of cumulative harmonic complexity flowing down the cascade of life.
It’s time/motion together with changing environmental conditions that allowed the most primitive creatures to form. It’s time/motion/awareness that’s driven Earth’s ever evolving background geochemistry along with biology’s learning cure.
Evolution never had to condition us, what happened happened and was exploited to the best that current conditions allowed, until something new came along, or not, then things took a different direction. But always time cracking the whip, keep on moving, no stopping on this ride, even if your time is up, the off-spring will take it from here thank you very much.
We are creatures that survived by sensing the world and reacting to it. The better we did that the better we survived, or not.
Keep in mind “survival of the fittest” only covers one aspect of Evolution.
Often factors besides “fitness” tipped the scales and even the fittest during the best of times are sometimes ruthlessly mowed down, leaving room for the wimps to evolve the new fitness, if environmental conditions were conducive. If not, something else showed up to try.