Life is not driven by a desire of organisms to survive. That idea is doubly wrong.
First, it’s not organisms that drive life, but self-replicating molecules called DNA and RNA. Our organisms are just an immediate temporary external environment of self-replicating molecules.
And second, the inherent interest of DNA and RNA is self-replication, not survival. Survival of an organic molecule and survival of an individual organism aren’t attainable qualities anyway. There will always be something that finishes off an individual organism. But by self-replication, self-replicating molecules have spanned millions of years, developing and preserving an amazingly complicated structure.
Life started as a chemical automatism involving the elements of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen.