The Taoiseach's speech elegantly dispensed with the myth that conventional approaches would suffice to ride out the two perfect storms we face.
Twin shocks of unprecedented intensity are about to disrupt our health and economic systems. But we are not passive observers in this, far from it.
Leo Varadkar has vowed to use "full resources to ensure that essential shops, workplaces and public transport can continue to operate".
This ought to reassure people.
There would never be a good time to be so stricken, but at least we have some financial firepower to fall back on.
The measures announced by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe may also address the anxieties of many. A three-month payment holiday for mortgage holders will be offered by all banks. Repossession deferrals will also be granted.
Another practical but welcome step by banks in fighting the spread of the virus was the increase in the maximum that can be spent on contactless cards, to €50.
The agreement by banks to industry-wide relief measures, while commendable, is nonetheless the least they might have done given their rescue by taxpayers.
But Mr Varadkar could not, nor did he seek to, sugar-coat the fact it would be wiser to plan for months, rather than weeks, in terms of pandemic management.
For the moment, our comforting sense of normality - living and working in reassuringly familiar patterns - has been shattered.
Mr Varadkar addressed the understandable fears many are feeling. We are entering into a few weeks where much is unknown.
In facing major challenges, breakthroughs are seldom made when we feel we have all the answers. They come when we face the question we have been avoiding.
The most exacting demands will soon be made on the health services and those working in them. Right now, our primary purpose must be to protect them and make sure we do all we can to keep the pressure off.
Practising social distancing and self-isolating will become even more critical.
It is sobering, but also strangely heartening, to think how crisis has a unique way of putting things in perspective and asserting a sense of proportion.
Issues such as Brexit and government formation seem far less formidable when put in the context of fear for family and friends.
A government will need to be formed in due course, for the show must go on, and life with it.
It is only the here and now with which we need concern ourselves.
As the 19th century American poet John G Whittier wrote: "No longer forward nor behind I look in hope and fear; But grateful take the good I find, The best of now and here."
If we pay attention to what we are being asked to do, we will have done our bit. We may well be fragile, but are often at our best when tested.