An individual doing anything they would not do nor wish to do under 'normal' or natural circumstances because of the existence of Man/Machine/Establishment/Religion and their policies.
(Literal)"It's tax season.. I'm going to have to pay the Man soon"
(Metaphorical)"Abbie has a court date on Monday; the time for her to pay the Man is drawing nigh"
(Religious, Literal) The Church tells the impoverished faithful to tithe twice as much, for 'the Lord will help them recover from their hardship faster'.
(Religious, Metaphorical) "You missed Church on Sunday and died on Tuesday without the Last Rites. Dude, you're going to HELL!"