If $Y$ is contractible and $X$ is any space, then any $f,g : X \rightarrow Y$ are homotopic.
Let $Y=D^2$ the unit disk in $\Bbb R^2$ and let $X$ be two smaller disjoint disks lying within $D^2$.
Let $f : X \rightarrow Y$ by the inclusion map of the two disks into $D^2$ and let $g : X \rightarrow Y$ be the map sending all points to the $0$ point.
Since the two maps are homotopic, the two disks in $D^2$ are homotpic to a point.
My questions are:
(1) What exactly is a homotopy that continuously deforms two disks into a single point?
(2) Is there a better "intuitive" understanding of homotopy besides: shrinking and expanding objects by compressing and identifying "touching" points together or vice versa?
Because the fact that two disks are homotopic to a point in $D^2$ defies the visual analogy I created when thinking about homotopy.