Hubbard’s magic KRC triangle is a device that operates in virtually the same way as does the Rosicrucian philosophic triangle: Manipulate one corner to cause a change in the other two corners.1 Like the ARC triangle, the KRC triangle can be manipulated to cause either a “positive” or “negative” effect.
KRC TRIANGLE, the upper triangle in the Scn symbol. The points are K for knowledge, R for responsibility, and C for control. It is difficult to be responsible for something or control something unless you have knowledge of it. It is folly to try to control something or even know something without responsibility. It is hard to fully know something or be responsible for something over which you have no control, otherwise the result can be an overwhelm. Little by little one can make anything go right by: increasing KNOWLEDGE on all dynamics, increasing RESPONSIBILITY on all dynamics, increasing CONTROL on all dynamics. (HCO PL 18 Feb 72)
— L. Ron Hubbard
Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary
Although the Scientology symbol came into being in 19522, Hubbard introduced the top triangle of KRC as a “sort of brand-new triangle” during the State of Man Congress in 1960:
Knowledge and control and responsibility all go hand in glove. These things are all together. In order to know about something, you must have some control over it—some slight control—to know about it. In order to have control over something, you must have some responsibility for it. In order to be responsible for it, you must know something about it. And we sort of have a brand-new triangle, composed of knowledge, control and responsibility: as three corners.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 3 January 1960: Zones of Control and Responsibility of Governments
In 1972, Hubbard wrote that the KRC triangle should be more more generally known, especially by executives, and so devoted a policy letter to the subject.
The route up from death or apathy or inaction is to KNOW something about it, take some RESPONSIBILITY for the state one is in and the scene, and CONTROL oneself to a point where some control is put into the scene to make it go right.
Then KNOW why it went wrong, take RESPONSIBILITY for it, and CONTROL it enough to make it go more toward an ideal scene.
Little by little one can make anything go right by INCREASING KNOWLEDGE on all dynamics, INCREASING RESPONSIBILITY on all dynamics, INCREASING CONTROL on all dynamics.
If one sorts out any situation one finds oneself in on this basis, he will generally succeed.
Field Marshal Montgomery was supposed to have said that leadership was composed of “knowledge, willpower, initiative and courage.” These are assumed qualities in a man. This was good advice but offered no road out or no avenue of INCREASE in capability.
The KRC triangle acts like the ARC triangle. When one corner is increased the other two also rise.
Most thetans have a dreadfully bad opinion of their capabilities compared to what they actually are. Hardly any thetan believes himself capable of what he is really capable of accomplishing.
By inching up each corner of the KRC triangle bit by bit, ignoring the losses and making the wins firm, a being at length discovers his power and command of life.
The second triangle of the symbol of Scientology is well worth knowing.
It interacts best when used with high ARC. Thus the triangles interlock.
It is for use as well as all of Scientology.3
As the policy infers, the route from “apathy” to Power on 8 dynamics requires the application of Hubbard’s KRC triangle.
Just below “Total Freedom” on Scientology’s Grade Chart is “Power on All Eight Dynamics.” Scientologists must apply the KRC triangle to achieve the highest awareness Hubbard intended for them.