The underlying conditions which produce r and K are on a spectrum, to some degree, although true K lies short of the real end of it’s side of the spectrum. As you head towards the extreme of K, things begin to break down, due to resource restriction causing population densities to drop, and the rules of r/K breaking down. If individuals are spread out so thin they rarely encounter each other, group competition is meaningless, and two-parent rearing in a large family impossible. So one requires a certain degree of resource availability to create K as we know it.
I suppose a small amount of r is nice to temper the ferocity, but my opinion on the matter is meaningless – little more than a personal preference to be able to let my hair down on occasion. The bare truth is, r emerges in response to resource availability and diminution in conflict, and K emerges in response to the opposite, with nothing more to be added.
Along those lines, we now see Afghanistan begin its own slide toward r, with the first young lady to walk through Kabul with her legs showing in quite some time. This is technically movement on the r/K continuum, though so minor as to be nearly insignificant. From a practical standpoint, that young lady wouldn’t be worried about whether she could show off her legs or not, if food was non-existent, and everyone were killing each other. It is only as conditions become more comfortable that you begin to worry about such things, and that is accentuated by dopamine sensitivity affects producing a desire for neurological stimulation. Now that Afghanistan has security, of a sort, and resources are flowing in the form of US aid and opium profits, that will increase. How far it will get before a collapse is unknown, but since the only thing to forestall a collapse is the ability to endure the detriments of r, I suspect not far. All it will take is one minor economic burp, or a single despot with a gun, and the rabbits there will cow under and disappear again.
Girls wearing skirts is a meaningless step in the slide toward r. Where it becomes problematical is when you take it too far, as we have in the United States. At some point the small dopamine addiction that initially produces a minor increase in sexual drives, and a minor increase in attention-seeking, transitions into a full on addiction necessitating breaks with reality and self-destruction of the nation.
As the rabbits begin castigating men who landed probes on comets, for the patterns on their shirts not begin sensitive enough to everyone’s tastes, and women firefighters begin getting hired, despite the fact their inability will inevitably kill someone, things will begin to go downhill. Resource addiction will corrupt the finances of the nation, destroy the unity of its people, and eventually collapse the entire societal structure, at least for a while.
Personally, I’d prefer if it didn’t, but as I said, preferences are meaningless. As resources wax and wane, so will r and K. All you can do is recognize what is, see what will be, and prepare accordingly.