Sentient life created the Universe to create a better existence for itself. The proof is everywhere. Life came from before the Big Bang and built the Big Bang after billions of steps that turned the light bulb on. The Big Bang expanded and grew based on the energy life needed for the Big Bang to expand that created a womb for life to then consume energy and grow and expand in. Life then came out of the caves and expanded and grew in its knowledge and intelligence to create buildings, roads, currency and rocket ships.
Life is now at the point where it needs more energy and expanding into space and colonizing planets will increase that growth rate as energy is consumed and the human process continues to expand into the womb of the Universe.
Minerals and rocks and electrons have no need to consume energy or grow and expand as they lack the thought processes necessary. Life on the other hand directed the Quantum to mass together to expand into the Big Bang that allowed life to leave the womb of the Quantum and emerge into the state of Relativity.
There is no other need for a Universe to exist other than provide the foundation for life from the Quantum State to exist in the Relativity state.
Only a sentient thought process would be able to create the energy need for itself to grow and expand from something into something else.